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I Am Inspired #MondayMusings

I see her standing there
With that broad smile on her face
A smile that belies
All the pain she is going through.
What inner strength it must take
For her to smile and not complain
To be grateful for through the pain
I see that warrior woman and I am inspired.

I walk the length of the beach
Letting my my feet sink into the sand
Watching the never-ending line of blue
I see the waves come up to the shore
Sometimes gentle, sometimes rough
I think of the Maker of this Universe
So powerful, yet so gentle
I see the sea and I am inspired.

I open the pages and start to read
Wondering how the author knows me
How has she crafted these words
That seemingly echo my feelings?
How did he create this scene
That had me in tears?
I dwell on the beauty of words
And their ability to captivate me
I read a book and I am inspired.

I watch you as you deftly transform
A blank sheet of paper
Into a riot of  beautiful colors
I wonder what you are creating
What absorbs you so completely
Slowly it begins to take shape
The loveliness of your imagination
Shining through in your art
I watch you create and I am inspired.

I listen to you talking
To the young one in your care.
Where you learnt your parenting skills
I will never know.
I hear you explaining situations
Setting boundaries
Talking of consequences
With patience and humour
I listen to you and I am inspired.

I see you on the street
Gently leading an old woman through traffic
I watch you pick up litter
I see you stop to pat a stray dog.
You’ve sat at hospital bedsides
Donated your blood
Raised funds for a cause,
Never once drawing attention to yourself.
I see your kindness and I am inspired.

I’ve noticed how people are drawn to you
They come to you to talk.
I’ve watched how you listen with understanding
Not judging, not advising
Trustworthy, affirming
Just being there – a solid presence.
You nod and smile
Show compassion and give warm hugs.
I notice your attentive listening and I am inspired.

I pause to reflect on my life
Fifty years full of memories
Some good, some unpleasant
I marvel at how I’ve journeyed
Making some good choices
And some terrible ones
I’m grateful for the grace
That saw me through my low days;
Love that has surrounded me.
I reflect on my life’s journey and I am inspired.


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  1. Angel Stew & Devil's Brew Angel Stew & Devil's Brew April 10, 2016

    Loved the poem Corinne. As my birthdays roll by I realize more and more, day by day. Grace has seen me through. Simple, magnificent grace, and for that, and your inspiring words, I am grateful.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 23, 2016

      Thank you, Karen. Yes, every birthday is a beautiful reminder of God’s grace that sees us through.

  2. Ami Ami April 7, 2016

    Wow. That is so true. Every once in a while, I do reflect back and feel a lot of what you have said.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 23, 2016

      Yes, if we pause to reflect, we’ll all feel this way, Ami. Thank you.

  3. Manu Cornel Ilie Manu Cornel Ilie April 6, 2016

    Right now, I am inspired by your art. 🙂
    But generally speaking, I draw my inspiration from many places. From love, family, compassion, nature, God, a beautiful sunrise or some browsing for motivational quotes. If you listen carefully, anything can speak to you.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 23, 2016

      Thank you, Manu. And you’re right, if we pay attention everything can inspire us.

  4. Shantala Shantala April 5, 2016

    Beautifully written, Corinne. Also, that quote – I can vouch for it. I have recently experienced that. We need to begin our journey, inspiration can and will follow. 🙂

  5. Frances Stanfield Frances Stanfield April 5, 2016

    Wow! This is powerful! AND, got down to the bottom and realized you were talking about me. I’ll turn 54 in May. Thanks so much for this inspiration.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2016

      Thanks, Frances. Yes, I was certain it would resonate with most women in midlife.

  6. richa singh richa singh April 5, 2016

    Every once in a while we can find motivation rather close. Within. And it is infectious. It helps create a lot more in our lives and hearts 🙂 Like God’s love!

  7. Debbie D Debbie D April 4, 2016

    Lovely poem, Corinne. you are multi-talented and yes, inspiring. 🙂

  8. Psychic Nest Psychic Nest April 4, 2016

    This poem is so inspirational and beautiful Corinne! Nature inspires me lots in everything I do. 🙂


    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2016

      Thanks for stopping by, Zaria. I would have liked to have added a few more paragraphs about Nature. There’s something about trees that fascinates me.

      • Psychic Nest Psychic Nest April 5, 2016

        You can also write a new poem about trees. A small tip : Go outside and find a tree you feel that it “speaks” to you. Then close your eyes and embrace it. You might feel overwhelmed but it’s OK! Get the inspiration you need to write! Much love!


  9. Anamika Agnihotri Anamika Agnihotri April 4, 2016

    This poem seemed like a kaleidoscope of colours on a blank canvas, totally enchanting 🙂 This reminds me inspiration is always in close vicinity to us. The only requirement is to keep our mind’s eyes open. Needless to say this here because I have told you already, you are an inspiration to many like me.

  10. Rena McDaniel Rena McDaniel April 4, 2016

    This is beautiful Corinne! Your ability to paint pictures with your words is amazing.

  11. Carol Cassara Carol Cassara April 4, 2016

    I love this reflection, Corinne and also the little twist at the end, which makes the whole thing but wasn’t expected. One of the great things about our ages is that we have the long view back now–isn’t it interesting to look?

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2016

      Yes, I love how we’ve reached a stage in life that we can look back on how far we’ve come with a smile.

  12. Noelle Klein Noelle Klein April 4, 2016

    Hello Corinne,

    You have beautifully reminded us of how our God given gifts are unique and equally valuable in this world. I can sometimes become discouraged that my actions aren’t “big enough” to really be making a difference. Your words bring home that every time we use our gifts in love we inspire and therefore do change our world. Thank you for inspiring me this morning!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2016

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Noelle. Yes, we often devalue ourselves.
      PS: I’m looking hard to find your blog, if you have one.

  13. Rica Rica April 4, 2016

    I often write poems too. I use words to paint my moods. It’s easier to see my world this way, and to articulate my heart. You’ve done a lovely job here. I enjoy your blog!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 4, 2016

      I’m more and more drawn to writing blank verse, Rica. Perhaps it’s easier to allow the words to flow through verse.
      Thank you for your kind words today!

  14. Carla Carla April 4, 2016

    I really needed to read this this morning. I am seeking searching for inspiration everywhere

  15. Jennifer Jennifer April 4, 2016

    I am inspired… you. Thanks for starting my morning on the right foot!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 4, 2016

      Thanks, Jennifer. You’ve just returned the favour! 🙂

  16. Sheethal Sheethal April 4, 2016

    I read this post and I’m truly inspired and wonder at the beauty of all the not so little things around us.

  17. Radhika Mundra Radhika Mundra April 4, 2016

    Hi Corinne,

    This is the first time I’ve visited your blog and I absolutely love this post, inspiring, thoughtful and effective. The way you write reminds me of the way I write stories.

    Do check out my blog sometimes. Would love to get feedback from you. 🙂


    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 4, 2016

      Thanks, Radhika. I do like to experiment with different forms, although I’m not too adventurous. Will certainly visit your blog.

  18. Vasantha Vivek Vasantha Vivek April 4, 2016

    I read your post and I am inspired too ….. Great Poem, Corinne !!!

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