In Greek mythology (or what I remember from my Edith Hamilton) the muses were goddesses who inspired creativity. The idea of the “muse” has carried on throughout history – people who motivate us, push us to reach into the depths of our minds and souls to bring to the forefront what lines within. Our muses may play an active role in our lives, or may just be people we admire from afar, but either way their presence in our existence help to unlock what’s within and motivate us to produce.
What we “create” can take on many forms – a poem, a sculpture, a new program or initiative at work. For me, my most recent “creation” was change – a change in myself. I recently ran – and finished – my first 5k. For those who know me well, this was quite a tremendous achievement, given that my attitude towards running was “if you see me running, you should probably run with me because it probably means someone’s got a weapon”. Taking up running was part of an overall decision to change my approach to wellness, inspired by a few special muses in my life. My most influential, and frequent, muse is my 3 1/2-year-old daughter. To paraphrase Jack Nicholson in As Good As it Gets, “she makes me want to be a better man”. My daughter is now at that age where everything we say and do is soaked up by her like a sponge. I know it is my responsibility duty to try to be the best possible example to her. In my humanness, I won’t always succeed, but my own wellness was one area I knew I could create some change, and hearing her say “daddy, are you going running” before she heads off to bed is recognition that I’m doing something right.
This blog now exists because of a few other “muses” in my life; people who have encouraged me, pushed me, “poked” me to share my quips and quirks. The thought that embracing my own vulnerability might just encourage another to do the same, is inspiration enough to at least put some of my thoughts out there in the chance that someone might happen upon this corner of the internet. Those “muses” know who they are, and this is my thank you to them. My posts, whenever they appear, will be a blend of personal and professional, because frankly they are all a part of what authentically makes me “me”. If you’ve read this far, I thank you as well for taking this new journey with me.