Inspiration, a tricky thing. That little spark that can jump into flame with timing, effort and enthusiasm and just as easily slip away. Looking for topics to comment upon on a daily basis has caused me to wonder what happens that allows a quote or a side note in another blog to cause my mind to kick into gear and the words to begin flowing. I certainly do not wake up every morning with some brilliant piece already formed in my head just waiting to be typed! For the most part when I hit the publish button, I am satisfied; thoroughly pleased on occasion and really excited once or twice.
So how do I inspire myself to keep writing day after day? As I surf for quotes or pull out the bookmarks from passages previously read, I let my subconscious do the wander-ing and make some of the connections behind the scenes. Even though my personal ah-ha moments are few, I find the “likes” and” follows” and especially the comments written by my readers motivating. To read that a particular phrase resonated with another person creating a connection with them is thrilling.
I have read so many “About Me’ stories across the blogosphere and they are truly inspiring. I look to each writer for ideas, topics and famous quotes they have discovered and have moved them in some way. Each person has something unique that touches them, a photograph, a bit of humor; something that tugs at their sleeve for attention. Some are passionate about a cause that is close to them or an all-consuming life event that begs to be shared. Others see the mundane and add a perspective that makes it sparkle. The inspiration behind each story, behind each life, is as distinctive as it is original.
So what inspires you? What causes you to becomes animated and excited, eager to share and create? Looking inward and drawing out the best of your inspired self allows you to greet the day with enthusiasm and joy. And when you can’t find it inside, just look around. It seems when one begins to look for something it pops up everywhere. Keep your eyes and heart open, be inspired!