Have you ever met someone who inspired you to try something new? I’m grateful to say that I have! In one case, I was inspired by my older brother to pick up the guitar, an instrument I’ve greatly enjoyed playing. On another occasion, a friend’s example inspired me to start riding my bicycle to work, a small adjustment that has led me to make many other healthy changes as well.
Sometimes it’s easy to get so focused on day-to-day tasks that I don’t recognize the unexplored avenues all around me, and I let opportunities slip by. I think of a pair of lines from “Maud Miller,” a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier: