Who Inspires You?

I belive that inspiration is very important.  I probably drive my foster kids nuts because I am constantly trying to encourage them to look to truly inspiring role models rather than the latest teen heart-throb or reality star.

To me, someone is really only worth admiring and emulating if they use their talents and time to do good for others or to pave a path that is worth following.  I don’t care what field they happen to be in, but I do care that they open their hearts to their fellow man and try to make the world a better place.

So my question to you today is, who inspires you?  Here are a few of the people who have really influenced my life (other than family and friends):



*St. Francis of Assisi

*Mother Teresa

*Joan of Arc

*the current Dalai Lama

*Emily Dickinson

*Hans Christian Andersen

*Edgar Allen Poe

*Tim Burton

*Joni Eareckson Tada

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Hi! I am an artist, author, and blogger who also happens to have Asperger’s Syndrome. I have won several awards and honors for my writings and artwork. I suffer from a few severe mental illness and chronic pain conditions (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Ehlers Danlos, Degenerative Disc Disease, etc.), which greatly affects my life and makes me want to advocate for others going through similar things. Other interests of mine include reading, writing, drawing, watching cartoons and movies, collecting toys, hanging out with my family, and annoying my 3 cats.

5 thoughts on “Who Inspires You?”

  1. That’s an interesting list, Maranda. I love the variety. I have an odd mixture who’ve inspired me …

    Jesus, the apostles John and Paul, my husband, my children, Laura Ingalls, Judy Blume, Ramona Cleary, the Grimms Brothers, Chuck Jones, Tim Burton, Dr. Suess, Chantel Hobbs, and God’s amazing creation of nature itself.

    P.S. I love Joni’s book, Heaven. 🙂


  2. I agree that there are a lot of inspiring souls and we should celebrate them. I have met hundreds of inspirational people in my life and been touched by many more I never will meet. A few of the stand outs – Father Ron Hicks, Buddha, Paul Farmer, Laura Patteson, Mother Teresa, Naomi Klein, most of the speakers on TED, Jorge Luis Borges, most children, and Rick Frechette.


  3. Winston Churchill is inspiring because he never gave up higher educ after being rejected four times. He dealt with “black days” due to depression but it didn’t get the best of him. Just look at his biography. His granddaughter loves him very much!

    Eleanor Roosevelt made her way into the United Nations to make a difference for others. She advocated for people. A decent soul.

    Dalai Lama for his wisdom, perceptions, balance, peace & more.

    Jesus loved the little children & spent time with those most forget about to give them a boost.

    Lisa Ling is a hero today as she investigates bringing to light different faiths, hardships, moral dilemmas.

    Dr. Seuss is the author who kick started my passion for children’s books. I was six when my mom read the first batch that arrived (subscription) in Japan. She took the time to read them with lots of onomatopoeia! Dr. Seuss is the funniest & I admire him for the characters he created.

    Margaret Wise Brown, author of GoodNight Moon and Big Red Barn. What simple, easy, wonderful stories to share with children.

    I admire people who are bold enough to step out and help another, like Princess Diana did when she visited people with Aids or around mine fields; Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr. Bobby Kennedy.

    I like Oprah for honing in that we are more than just following the hustle & bustle of life’s daily activities. We are made of more and need to feed all domains: Physical, spiritual, emotional, affective, and social.

    God Bless you All. Lynn


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