#atozchallenge: Inspire

Inspire comes from the Latin word inspirare, "to breathe into." Genesis 2:7 has the line "And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth: and breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul." (Douay-Rheims translation)

When we get an idea, whether it’s a piece of writing or art or even a project at work, it’s as though you get a breath of fresh air. Maybe you meet read something in a book or magazine, hear something on the radio, see a picture, talk to someone you know (or better, someone you don’t know), hear someone say something in an interview, or wake up from a dream with a crazy idea. All of a sudden you have to explore the thought, or at least make some notes and come back to it later.

That’s inspiration.

The way you get inspiration is to pay attention. Not everything will become an obsession with you, and you might not encounter anything for several days or weeks that stirs your creative juices. But keep paying attention. Keep on keeping on with your normal daily routine, but pay attention for things that might lead to bigger things. Have a pen and paper handy, or any of the thousands of apps you can get for your phone that allow you to take notes. Inspiration isn’t going to hit you like a bolt from the blue: it’s going to play hide-and-seek with you, sneak up on you when you aren’t watching. So be ready.

What inspires you?

18 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: Inspire

  1. I am inspired by some youtube videos about card making. I get inspired by great works of art or people who overcome great hardships. I saw, this morning, a man who is one of the few left, who lives in an iron lung. He got polio when he was 6 and was in an iron lung but was able to be free of it when he was younger although he could never walk or move much. he became a professor and he wrote a book. Now, while in the iron lung, he is writing another book using a tool that is in his mouth so he can type out the words. Amazing!

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  2. Currently, Wordle inspires me. I have become obsessed with five letter words. Have any idea what I’m talking about?


    1. I’ve played it a couple of times, but nothing especially serious. I figured the first word you try is “alien” (because it has three vowels) and it gives you a good start. There was a game show called Lingo that was practically identical. They used to rerun it on GSN. That was a favorite.


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