Can you die from holding your breath?
A quick search on Google reveals, most likely not. Your body will pass out and your autonomic bodily functions will kick in. It will veto your will and make you breathe again. I know it’s an odd question to ponder, but I believe it has something to teach us.
One of the definitions of “Inspire” is “Breathe in (air); inhale.” (Thanks again, Google) How much are you “breathing in”, or being inspired? Thanks to the internet, technology, Google, and other social networks, content to inspire you is only a click away and with you all the time. There is an all-you-can-eat buffet of inspirational insights for your consumption.
However, in comparison, how much are you “breathing out”?
We are inspired, but what are we doing with it? Are we processing, creating, and sharing them with the world? Or are we holding our breath because we are afraid of what the world will think of our creations? It’s like the carbon cycle, where humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, the plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. I think it is vital for us to be inspired and creative. The way I like to phrase it is: “breathe life in, exhale beauty”.
It’s the circle of life. This means the world needs us not only to be inspired but to breathe out something beautiful; something of value. Maybe it’s an oversimplification or I may be overreaching, but I need to breathe out today. So, like it or not, here it is: Only when we breathe out, can we breathe in again.
Wake Up. Breathe Life In. Exhale Beauty.