It can start with a spark, an idea, a thought, or an emotion. There’s a moment when something moves through you and leaves remnants for you to ponder. It’s those instances when you get an idea that intrigues you and maybe even challenges you. Different things inspire us all and that’s why inspiration is magical.
A friend of mine posted on Facebook that she was reading Twyla Tharp’s “The Creative Habit”. It’s a book I think about often because Tharp talks about the fact that we all have creative DNA. Our creative DNA is how we’re wired to express our thoughts, prayers, emotions, and circumstances. Like neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) that states we all have a primary sense through which we experience the world. It’s that one sense that allows us to take in more of what’s coming our way and maximizes the potential of its impact on our lives. Tharp believes we all have a primary medium for expression and that allows our creativity to be elevated to new heights.
Inspiration motivates us and brings us to the highest level of vitality. It moves us in new directions and allows us to dig deep within our conscious and unconscious selves. I know that when I’m inspired it feels like my story is coming to life. It propels me to tell the next chapter of the story. It forces me to get up and do something.
I’m not sure why we don’t discuss inspiration more regularly. It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist or not, inspiration is the force that allows us to try new modes of communication with friends and family, in the hopes of improving everyone’s life. It’s the thing that moves a politician to say we can do things differently and better. It might be the story from one of their constituents or an action that makes them mad, unhappy, of agitated. The same would be true for those who are participating in marches around the world. They’re inspired to share their stories, protect all our futures, and they’ve made the decision to be seen and heard.
We never know when we will run across a moment of inspiration because it’s spontaneous. It would be great if those moments were planned, but it’s the spontaneity that grabs us by surprise and taunts us with questions. Our inspiration is the voice that asks, “What are you going to do next?”
I hope you are inspired to take the next step on your journey. What inspires you?