There are only 11 letters in the word INSPIRATION, but each of them breathes a powerful energy into everyone who’s lucky enough to discover the fountain of “divine guidance”.
Inspiration is a paradox. Don’t let it fool you: it rarely comes with an announcement: “Oh, you’ve been looking for me? Here I come – catch!”. Inspiration is very personal. You may not consider my sources of inspiration to be motivational for you, and vice versa. Inspiration can come from unexpected sources. It may show up as fragile as the first cherry bud, or as powerful as an explosion that finally breaks the silence in your brain. Fortunately, there are some reliable inspiration sources that you can always count on.
These are my two most dependable inspiration sources:
You may find it funny, but since forever, whenever I’m stuck with something I just let it go and leave it up to sleep to sort things out and give me a guidance. It’s been always working for me, and apparently for many others. Dmitry Mendeleev, the famous Russian chemist and the creator of the periodic table of elements, has struggled for many years with sorting out all those elements and laying them out in an orderly fashion, until he finally came up with the vision of that periodic table in his sleep.
No wonder, Russians say “The Morning Is Wiser Than The Evening”, and in English we say “Sleep On It”. Our brain never stops working even when we are sleeping. That’s when nothing distracts my brain from concentrating on the problem I had when I was alert and busy with myriads of things and thoughts. It’s easy to dig out all the images of web sites, design books and magazines that are stored in my memory bank and play them like a big colour slide show in my mind. Then a sudden ‘click’ will tell me – that’s it, that’s what I need for my project.
As a matter of fact, the topic for my first group project came to me in my sleep. I’ve been contemplating about hosting a group project on this blog for a very long time, but somehow couldn’t decide on the topic. I’ve even asked you for help. Until finally past Sunday morning I woke up inspired with the topic on Inspiration.
My little sunshine
There’s one source of inspiration that is constantly with me – my daughter. She’s my motivation in life. She’s the reason of why I keep going and going like the little Energizer bunny.
Kids have an incredibly amazing quality of discharging your energy throughout the day with gazillions of tasks, but at the same time they’re blessed with a capability of quickly re-charging you with the powerful source of energy and stimulus that will last for a very long time.
Her mischievous smile melts all those stresses I’ve accumulated during the day. Her sweet talk stimulates my brain. Her silvery singing fills my heart with pride and joy. Her contagious laughter boosts my confidence in being a good mother who’s able to build a happy life for her daughter. Often she comes to me and says, “Mama… happy…”. And I’m asking her, “are you happy, baby?”. She just jumps on my lap and gives me a big warm hug – and the time stays still, and I wish this moment to last forever.
What are your sources of Inspiration? Make sure to join our Group Project: Source Of Inspiration.