What Inspires You?

ImageI am working on my laptop right now and I have so many of my digital works and scrapbook layouts saved on this. As I was going through them and wandering down memory lane I came across this layout done in 2008. At the time I was designing digital scrapbook papers and elements for digital scrappers and selling them through U.S. online stores. I was also on the creative team of some U.S. stores as well. Most nights would find me sitting with my laptop and creating. It was definitely something I enjoyed very much.

I’ve mentioned before that I began creating an album about myself – otherwise known as a
BOM (Book of Me). Whilst this may seem a little extreme to some, it is actually a great exercise in getting to know yourself and explore your creativity at the same time. Many ofย  the online scrapping sites run challenges. These challenges give you a theme and you are required to create a scrapbook layout around this theme. (Much like the daily prompts on WordPress). The layout above was created in response to a challenge. I have chosen to share with you today what I created when asked “What inspires you”?

“So many things inspire me in my life and in my scrapping.

I find it in my family. They bring joy and love to my life.

I seek inspiration in books and in fashion.

I hold treasures of the past and other old things dear.

I find beauty in flowers and joy and fascination in the history of my family.

When I am in my comfort zone, the inspiration flows.”

What is inspiration? The dictionary defines inspiration as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something (especially something creative). The literal definition of inspiration is “to breathe in and be filled with the spirits of the gods”. Greek myth explained that creativity can only come from the gods and that us (humans) can only be imperfect copies of the creativity from the gods. Hence, we breathe in their spirit in order to create.

There are many ways in which we find inspiration including listening to music, sitting in silence, watching people pass by, art or conversations with others. It is important to find inspiration in our lives. Without inspiration, there really is no purpose to our days. We don’t just require inspiration for writing or creating. We need it to have a reason to get up each morning. (Well I believe this is so anyway).

So my challenge to you all is to write about what inspires you. Or create a collage like I have. Writing or creating this may require some introspection however it provides the opportunity to learn more about ourselves. This is such an important thing to do because if we don’t understand who we are ourselves, we certainly can’t expect others to understand us. Once we better know ourselves, we are better able to heal and grow.

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16 thoughts on “What Inspires You?

  1. Without inspiration we have no reason to get up in the morning – I firmly believe that too. Inspiration is what drives us to move, to carry on and to put one foot in front of the other. In writing, I am inspired by many things; people I see, phrases heard, personal issues I face and issues others face. There is always inspiration to be found and through it all there is so much that can be learned.

    You are very skilled with your digital art. It is obviously a passion of yours. There is nothing more enjoyable than working on something you are passionate about.

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    1. I agree also. Inspiration isn’t something that only creative people need. Inspiration is something that every person in the world should have. It is what keeps them putting one foot in front of the other (as you said).
      Thank you for your kind words on my digital art. I do enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Another ‘ah ha’ moment much like the donkey???
      I thought about your stepping stones and I believe it could be used in the context of moving ahead one step at a time. What do you think?

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      1. SHew – neh – tired of thinking right now ๐Ÿ˜‰ But YES – I believe it is a possibility ๐Ÿ˜€
        Actually I can name so many things that inspire me right? It is just that they all fall under one umbrella so to speak. and it is almost as the air I breathe.

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  2. Where do I find inspiration? I can relate the origins quite easily and simply; I drew my inspiration from my weaknesses. (Familial observations are in quotes) I “was born into the wrong family”, “you are always crying”, “you’ll never learn to fight like a man”. From roughly age ten until age thirty, these and similar descriptions were thrown at me; to preserve the little sanity that was allotted me to begin with, I turned each into a strength, at least in my mind. I survived, after a fashion, when the family discarded me; my propensity to tears (over happy ending, the pain of a friend, a sad story) I imagined to be a coveted trait in a man, any man; and I have/do/will do anything in my power to avoid violence. I created a different/better world to walk in and later on in life I found I wanted to share it, with my son. I wrote four fairy tales for him in which I shared everything that I believed in, my values and my failings. My inspirations were my searching, introspection, and the greatest love of my life.

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    1. Drawing strength from supposed weaknesses takes a lot of courage. I was upset that you felt that a propensity to tears is a weakness. I admire a man that has the courage to cry. It is a sign of a man who is open to his emotions.
      I love that you have written fairy tales for you son. That is so precious.
      My Tween and I were working on a book. She was writing the stories to go with the digital illustrations that I created. However she lost interest in the project. Maybe one day we will revisit it.

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  3. I like that, and I believe we need to know ourselves before being understood. I’ll have to grab a couple of bottles of wine, because that fruity liquid inspires me more than anything else. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Good writing just keeps on giving … your post has stayed with me, and continued to transform me: http://dysthymiabree.com/2013/12/30/good-writing-just-keeps-giving/
    Though, to be honest, I don’t yet know whether I’m thanking you or not, m’dear! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Just joking. Your post was indeed inspirational and breathed the spirit of re-creation into my life. Thank you. Obviously you simply must continue writing as you are creating change in the world ๐Ÿ™‚

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