Greetings from the social emotional wellness (SEW) committee!

The intention of the SEW Saturday email is to send out ideas that we feel can help our community build resilience and stay connected to one another.

This week we want to talk about the word inspire.  The definition of ‘inspire’ from Webster’s Dictionary says: Inspire means to excite, encourage, or breathe life into. Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to inflame or to blow in to.  When you inspire  something, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow.

Blowing just enough air to make a flame grow is a great way to describe inspiration.  It implies that the flame is already there, lit up inside of us; it only needs a bit of inspiration (air) to grow.

Sometimes inspiration feels hard to come by. The obligations and hardships we endure can make inspiration difficult to access.  In challenging times it is easy to lose inspiration.

When we get in those hard places, a good coping strategy is to consciously decide to look for  inspiration and be open to finding it. Actively seek out opportunities for inspiration and create experiences where you have the possibility of feeling inspired.

Think about what you liked to do as a child – did riding your bike evoke a sense of adventure and freedom? Would getting on your bike now inspire you?  Did you love to draw, paint, and create?  Would pulling out some art supplies and creating (for only the purpose of expression) inspire you?  Did you like to tell stories?  Would writing down your thoughts and ideas and telling your stories inspire you?

Does inspiration come from belting out your favorite song in the car, spending time in nature, creating something to express yourself like planting a garden or making a delicious meal?

Music, nature, dancing, art, poetry, books, photography, food, people, places, ideas, and experiences can all inspire us.  The vehicle of inspiration doesn’t matter, having a mind open to being inspired does.

What kinds of things inspire you? Let us know at

–  The SEW Team