Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Delight in What Inspires You

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Spring has staked her claim here in Texas.  We've had some gorgeous sunny days.  Bluebonnets line the roads.  My kids have caught the fever. 

Spring Fever, that is.

It's contagious.  I feel the strongest urge to play hookie from the day to day deadlines, routines, and to-do lists that dominate my days.  I want to slow down and just be.  I want to throw out all agendas and be open to the universe, take it all in, and breathe.

Whenever I feel this way, my fingers itch to write.  My cup, the one that runs on empty all too often, runneth over when I write.

I write because I feel inspired to tell a story.  According to Robert McKee in his book, Story, we take in stories as much as we sleep.  He says, 'The world now consumes films, novels, theatre, and television in quantities and with such ravenous hunger that the story arts have become humanity's prime source of inspiration, as it seeks to order chaos and gain insight to life.'

Inspiration:
  • Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity
  • An agency, such as a person or work of art, which moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention.
  • Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.
  • Something that encourages
  • Act of breathing in
I invite you to make time to find your inspiration.  Listen to music.  Sit outside on the patio of a restaurant or cafe and observe and listen to the people around you.  Read your favorite novel for the fiftieth time.  Dream.  Exercise.  Spend Time with a friend.  View art.  Watch a movie.

Breathe.  Be.

Delight in whatever inspires you.  Let it feed your imagination and fill your cup.  Then pour all of that inspired energy into whatever creative activity fulfills you and lose yourself in your creation, so that all else is forgotten and time stands still.

"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly." ~ Lauren Bacall

What inspires you?