During my last visit to the zoo an interesting question occurred to me with which I only recently found clarification. If you look at an animal and try to talk about life or whatever inspires you, nothing will come of it. Why? Due to the fact, that we don't communicate the same way as animals. If I were to show the animals what inspires me with action they will learn to copy me. For example the way monkeys copy humans.
In Parshas Vayeitzei we read about Yaakov's journey from his home to find a wife in Charan. What I found interesting is that when he rested for the night, he gave over something we can all emulate today. I am specifically referring to the stones he placed around his head in order to sleep in the desert. The reason that this is so easily understood and therefore emulated is as follows. Actions speak louder than words, which is exactly what Yaakov was doing, leading through example.
In life we can see the same thing. Whether you are a Rabbi trying to inspire the congregants or just an average person trying to inspire a friend. Let's use the animal tactic. Meaning, if you lead through action, most times the people you are trying to reach will follow. This week let us all pick an action and enhance ourselves, by inspiring others.
All the best!
Avroham Y Ross