Finding inspirational stories in your life may be easier than you think. The truth is, we are not alone in our struggles.
For the most part, we all have stressful lives and we all face difficult times... that's what life is all about. But your life and your struggles don't have to be grand in nature to inspire another person.
If you've ever seen the movie Rudy, you'll understand my point. This is the story of a kid who grows up determined to play football for Notre Dame even though he is much smaller than most football players.
Through his perseverance, he becomes successful. However, when worded in simple terms, as I have, it doesn't seem like a huge deal and I doubt even Rudy himself viewed his own story as inspirational. But watch the movie and you'll see what I mean.
A kid getting to play football isn't exactly the same inspirational level as the Dalai Lama creating harmony between hundreds of thousands of people. But the story of Rudy is inspirational none the less. A large part of that is due to the way the story is told.
The story tellers knew how to take this relatively small act, pull out the positive, and without grandiosity, turn the struggle going on in that particular person into one of my favorite inspirational stories.
The first thing I would suggest is to approach this undertaking with humility. If you walk up to someone and say, "I am inspirational and my stories are inspirational". Most likely, the other person is just going to think you're full of yourself.
Unfortunately, humility and sincerity isn't something I believe you can easily fake. So when you're writing your story, you need to believe the words you write. Don't be afraid to point out your flaws and your mistakes. Let your readers know that you're not perfect because it's harder to like someone who portrays themselves and their lives as perfect. That's just the way it is.
Being sincere in this undertaking will not only help your story to actually become inspirational, it's also the only way you can truly relieve your stress with writing.
The details are a very important part of inspirational stories. Remember how I simply told the story of Rudy? Without all of the details of how he did what he did and why he did it, there wasn't much to pull inspiration from.
Make your reader feel your stress and your pain.
When you are writing, others don't get the benefit of hearing the stress in your voice or seeing the pain in your eyes. They need to read the pain in your words. They need to know exactly what you are thinking and feeling.
The best thing we can do in life is learn from our mistakes. The easiest thing we can do in life is learn from others' mistakes. When you learn from the mistakes that someone else makes, you get the benefit of the hard lesson without the pain. Let someone else get that lesson from you.
For your story to be truly inspirational, you need to over-come or rise above your circumstance. Your readers need to be inspired by the way you handled the situation and have hope that they, too, would be able to handle any difficult situation that may arise in their own lives.
The cool thing, or the "magic", happens when you are inspired by your own story. Sometimes when writing about your own personal experience, you have a moment when you realize what your story is really all about. You can learn more from yourself than you may even know in the beginning. And that, my friend, is true inspiration.
When all is said and done, the benefit you will receive from writing about your struggles and challenging yourself to put a positive spin on the situation will far outweigh the time it took to write. You will feel better, you will hopefully have learned something, and in the end, maybe you will have inspired someone to face their own struggles with a new sense of hope.