There is no doubt that we are living in troubled times. Inflation is going through the roof in literally every country around the world. We are still facing worries over a pandemic that continues mutating and may one day be totally resistant to existing vaccines. Then there is a huge amount of fear that the world will be pulled into a war because of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. If all that wasn’t enough, much of the UK is facing depravation in the necessities of life. Even so, we have it within ourselves to inspire others to keep going forward with certainty in an uncertain world. It all begins with the choices we make that can be a beacon of light in the darkness we are living in.

Live the Golden Rule: Sharing Is Caring

One of the first ‘rules’ we teach our children is that “sharing is caring.” Kids, especially those in primary grades, often have trouble sharing things like treats from home and toys they’ve stowed away in their backpacks before leaving for school. What if we, as adults, could adopt this mindset? What if we could share, out of our own need, some of the resources we still have? 

The Example Set by Cornwall

Perhaps it would help to look at Cornwall and how the pandemic affected that community. It may not be enough to say that the struggles facing this rather rural urban area led to the need for a greater number of foster carers. Instead of drowning in their own worries, there was a rise in caring residents contacting independent foster care agencies like By seeking to share their time and family resources with kids in need of loving homes, they inspired others to do the same.

Why Cornwall Is a Prime Example of Inspiration

It helps to understand that Cornwall ranked as #7 in the top 10 places in the UK that faced major unemployment during the pandemic. This placed a burden on social programmes like food banks and, seeing no way to feed their families, many parents were unable to cope. As a result, social agencies saw a greater number of abused, neglected and troubled kids. While there are still a great number of children in need of placement, those who stepped forward to provide loving homes continue to inspire others to do the same.

Inspiration to Be Drawn from Time-Worn Clichés

Although we see many cultural proverbs as cliché, there is much wisdom that has been handed down from generations past. One of those inspirational proverbs goes something like this:

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on for dear life.

Then there is an attempt to inspire others to battle their way through roadblocks with this old adage:

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

The reality is that we can be an inspiration by living the words we use to motivate others to action. Remember that the choices you make can be a light in the darkness and a way to lead others to the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.