Friday, June 3, 2011

What Inspires You?

Last Friday we talked about fleeting moments of inspiration. Waking on the beach at sunrise, driving past a cemetery, watching raindrops cascade down a frosted window, listening to snow falling. These moments usually happen at random, without warning. And they’re priceless. An absolute gift.

But what about the times when you need a little extra inspiration? Those times when you don’t want to wait for it to come to you, but you need it so badly you grab a weapon and chase after it. Whether it’s to help get you through tough times, or to help unblock your creativity, or boost your spirituality, we all have those moments when we need something to pull us out of a funk.

Generally when I can’t visit the ocean (the nearest one is two states away, after all) I crank my stereo and go for a drive. And I need fresh air, even if it’s cold, so I’ll sit or walk outside if I can. In the spring, planting flowers can also help.

What do you do when you need inspiration?


WindyA said...

I try really hard to do nothing, when I need inspiration to strike. But really, I've never noticed a truly convenient time for inspiration to strike. Sometimes it is more about clearing my head than anything else.

Melody said...

Well, if we don't count the fact that my inspiration usually strikes when I'm doing mindless chores like laundry and vacuuming and sweeping and dishes...then I go for a walk on our 5 acres. Occasionally I'll go up in (my brother's) tree house because it feels so removed from the world. It's a good place to just think. :)

Carolyn V said...

I talk to friends, listen to chocolate. (That's so bad.)=)

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

I go walking.

Jeff King said...

I watch a Harry Potter movie... I have watched them so many times, my mind wanders freely. It's just a matter of time before something pops into my head.

L.T. Elliot said...

I don't know that I have a go-to method for inspiration. But this post has inspired me to find one.

I love car-drives-to-music though. It always draws out the bad and brings in the good.