Inspiration can hit you in the head at any time in any context. It could happen in a conversation. Talking to someone at a party, you can get an idea. But you’ve got to remember those inspirations.–James Cameron
Inspiration is magical and unexpected. It strikes like a bolt out the blue and sends a shiver down my spine. The French word “frisson” describes it perfectly–a shiver of recognition and excitement, mixed with a little fear. Fear of what? That the magic will disappear into the wind, never to return again. When I first saw this exquisite sculpture of a sleeping Buddha in the Japanese Gardens at Meijer Gardens, I literally stopped, transfixed by its magic. What a lovely image–Buddha’s cheek cradled by the earth.
There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration.–Richelle Mead
Inspiration is a shape shifter and takes many forms. Sometimes it is a conversation overheard in a restaurant. Or, a photo in a magazine. Or an odd juxtaposition of objects, places or people–like this sculpture from the Intuit Museum in Chicago. The “staring” hands look like mystical symbols. They remind me of the all-seeing “eye” in the pyramid on the back of the dollar bill. They send my mind whirling in intriguing directions.
Insomnia is my greatest inspiration.–Jon Stewart
Inspiring moments often strike in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. They can also make me laugh, like this bride we spotted in the main square in Portofino, stopping to have a slice of pizza on her wedding day. I’ve spent years wondering what happened to the groom.
Inspiration comes of working every day.–Charles Baudelaire
Inspiration often comes when I’m at my desk writing or editing. But sometimes, it strikes when I’m out walking in the world. Often it is startling–like this tree peering at me on a recent walk in Holland, Michigan. Um…what is it thinking?
Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.–Deep Roy
Inspiration is often playful and spontaneous like this child who decided to jump off the lifeguard chair one summer’s evening just as the sun was setting. I love the beauty, grace, and joy of that child, caught in her mid-air ballet by my husband. (I have to admit that I always wanted to take a leap into the soft sand just like her. I can almost feel the cool sand on my toes when I land.)
What’s your definition of inspiration? Does it include any of the qualities I’ve mentioned? Or, is it something entirely different?
Enjoy the last few weeks of the summer, everyone! And if you’re in a cold part of the world, I hope the warm weather is just around the corner.
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