Inspiring buildings

Last week I had an hour to kill while I was waiting for my wife. We carpool to work quite often, not because we have to, but because we like to. Actually, I think what she really likes is having her own personal Uber driver. I just like seeing her pretty face. It’s a win-win.

She works in one of the tall buildings downtown, so I parked the car and wandered around for a bit. I ended up on a bench in front of The Ohio Statehouse (our capitol building). The grounds around the Statehouse are a beautiful park with meandering pathways, flower gardens, statues of dead guys, and what I discovered was a pretty amazing view of the tallest and most iconic buildings in Columbus.

I am inspired by tall buildings. Always have been.

After my wife and I got married, we would visit my father-in-law in Dallas and he would drive us around just so I could gawk at the big buildings there. We have some pretty nice ones in Columbus, too. Maybe not as tall, but just as majestic and magical in my eyes. And most days I don’t even notice them.

Oh, I SEE them every day as I drive to sparkspace, but I don’t LOOK at them enough.

It’s interesting how even something so inspiring can be so ignored, even when it is staring me in the face. Sitting on that park bench in front of the Statehouse I was reminded that I need to take the time to seek — and pay attention to — the things that inspire me.

I was glad to have this moment to sit and gaze and be inspired by these towers built by ingenuity, prosperity, and progress.

So, what inspires you that you have been ignoring lately?

11 replies
  1. Heather Hitchcock
    Heather Hitchcock says:

    Thank you for the reminder to slow down, be present, and soak in the simplicity all around us. For me, many things do inspire me; I simply overlook them in the hustle and bustle of life. The wonder and beauty of creation, especially the change of seasons, inspires me. Watching my free-spirited dog run around our yard with abandon and sheer zest for life inspires me. The excitement and joy on my students’ faces when they do the impossible in a voice lesson inspires me. My husband’s daily decision to get back up and live another day in spite of obstacles, disappointment, and chronic pain inspires me. My children and grand angels inspire me. The friendship and faith of my two best girlfriends inspires me. Taking time to really identify these sources of inspiration has overwhelmed my heart with just how blessed I am in this life. Thanks for guiding me to that realization!

  2. Betsy Schneider
    Betsy Schneider says:

    I was recently in Chicago and admired all the beautiful green space they have and the small gardens all over downtown. The flowers and greenery were beautiful. They provided a moment of zen in a bustling big city. (and yes, I love the architecture there too and the amazing old and new buildings)

    • Mark
      Mark says:

      I am in awe whenever I visit Chicago. The river tours are one of my favorite tourist attractions on the planet for that very reason.

  3. Lisa Antolino
    Lisa Antolino says:

    What inspires me? A warm smile, one that lets you see deep inside. I love to give away my smiles with the hope of lifting up others, even if just for the instance a smile appears, for in return seeing another’s smile lifts me up as well. Yesterday on the bike path during my commute home, someone gave me a beautiful, energetic smile, melting away the stresses I was still carrying with me from the workday. His smile triggered my smile, releasing the negative thoughts swimming in my head. Nothing like a smile to inspire…

    • Mark
      Mark says:

      Lisa, yes to this 1000X. I’ve been on the receiving end of your smiles and I can vouch that they are powerful magic indeed. Thanks for sharing your comment (and your smile).

  4. Robyn Harper
    Robyn Harper says:

    I participated in the Heart Walk last Saturday. I really enjoyed walking through downtown at a slow pace without traffic to distract me. I was able to admire all of the cool condos that have popped up in the last few years. Planning my next home once the kids all leave the nest. 🙂

  5. Connie Chwan
    Connie Chwan says:

    Life has been crazy busy for several weeks, so I truly appreciated today’s blog. It reminded me of the power of slowing down and noticing the world around me. A lot of things inspire me; however, my favorite is witnessing simple acts of kindness. A smile from a complete stranger; an offer to help with no expectation of anything in return; an introduction to a new person; an invitation to share a cup of coffee. These things remind me the world is a great place, and I am surrounded by awesome people.

  6. Azahara
    Azahara says:

    I went for a walk today and that simple thing gives me energy. Feeling the fresh air on my face, breathing and smiling. Also practising some of yoga. 🙂

  7. Dora
    Dora says:

    My volunteers. I supervise 150 per week and over half are special needs. They remind me every day how important the little things are…. I love my hugs from Tino, my first bumps from Megan, the sports scores from Mitch, my love taps from Leslie, invite to go out for a juicy burger with Josh. And if I’m not there one day, the next time the see me they all greet me with a smile and ask if I’m okay and it’s the most genuinely concerned question and they really listen to your answer. They remind me to stop and really focus on the person speaking with. Not just hear them but listen with my whole being.


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