Inspiration: What Inspires You…?
What inspires you? Where do you find inspiration? Inspiration is a word we often toss around casually, and maybe take for granted when it comes easily to us. There are days when we wake up and feel like the fountain has dried up or that our ideas are foggy. Then, there are those days when everything falls into place like clockwork, and we are pulled in, inspired by many things; from the movement of the tiniest ant to the orange yellow glow of a setting sun.
What inspires us to create? to contribute? to communicate? There are many things that trigger an inspirational moment; some are fleeting and others constant. Meditation, music, prayer, and sad, poignant moments always inspire me in some fashion. Nature, great food, and powerful conversations on the human condition can do the trick too. What inspires me? you? us? Nature, Music, Faith, Beauty, Prayer, Injustice, Love, Humor, Passion for Life, Acts of Courage… “There was injustice and I felt compelled to fight it…”
“You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions.” Aldin Sinclair
For this post, I flashed back to a recent article I read in the NYTimes; Cindy Sherman Unmasked. It was about the photographer, Cindy Sherman, who loves to visit thrift shops for inspiration. I loved the piece because it was a reminder that inspirational moments occur for each of us in its own way. It is neither contrived nor controlled. We cannot dictate the terms of our inspirational trigger, nor can we possess it like an expensive toy to be whipped out when we want to impress our neighbors.
Inspiration comes and it goes, and the greater lesson is to be present to express it when the moment arrives…What inspires me? you? us? Our Children, Family, Directness, Reading, Creative Writing, Great conversation, Exquisite Food, Desire for Freedom, Pain, Friendships, Romance, Great Movies, Altruism…“There was hate and I felt compelled to replace it with love…” More Below 😉
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu
Definition of INSPIRATION: A divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation b: The action or power of moving the intellect or emotions c: The act of influencing or suggesting opinions d: The act of drawing in; specifically : the drawing of air into the lungs e: The quality or state of being inspired f: Something that is inspired g: An inspiring agent or influence. Merrian-Webster Dictionary
When we look at the dictionary definitions above, it gives us additional insight into the realm of the divine; the source of much that inspires. It is also telling in that it acknowledges the fact that inspiration comes not only from that ethereal, subtle or sublime place within, but also from the simple act of taking a breath, being alone in our space for quiet contemplation, standing up for what we believe is right, and pausing to express our gratitude for the good around us.
Whenever I’ve had a chance to speak to someone who has truly fired up the world with their acts of courage and inspiration, the answer I hear first is: “There was a need and I felt compelled to meet it…” Where is there a need in our area? in our lives? in the lives of others around us? Are we ready to do something to meet it? Now, that is one of the keys to the fountain of inspiration. “There was oppression and I felt compelled to end it…”
What about you? What are your thoughts? Where do you find inspiration? What inspires you? Do you have dry days? Do share! Thank you. 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: There is much to inspire us; from the tiniest ant to the setting sun… Our eyes must be open first.
- Preview: Cindy Sherman Retrospective at MOMA, NYC (bwgallerist.com)
- Tao te Ching (requiredreadings.ca)
- Best of Bella: Global Beauty Secrets, the History of Red Hair, and More (bellasugar.com)
- Thoughts for your long weekend (tghil.wordpress.com)
- Inspiration: Empower Yourself… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Inspiration: Seeking A Better Life… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Hint Tip: Cindy Sherman at MoMA (hintmag.com)
- Will the real Cindy Sherman please stand up? (telegraph.co.uk)