Where Will You Find Inspiration Today?

February 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

What are you waiting for? Does inspiration just show up announced? Do you know it when you see it? Really? Are you THAT smart?

I’d like to offer a possible reason why we love to talk about it, but in the end, we purposefully avoid encountering inspiration on a meaningful level.

Here it is:

We are afraid it might change us, and we might actually have to act, to do something.

Meaning, we might have to abandon who we have accustomed ourselves to being. Who we’ve constructed for the world to see. We keep inspiration at arm’s length because there it is safe, therefore we don’t need to consider what the inspiration could then lead us to do. It might lead us to scary places, places we know about, but that we’ve never been, people we’ve heard about, who could help get us to the place we’d really like to go, but that would involve risk and worry,  so what do we do? We put it off until tomorrow, next month, next year all the while we continue to talk about how much we’d like to be inspired.

It’s like the character, Dorothy, played by Renee Zellweger, in the film Jerry Maguire who sighs, “Mostly, I just want to be inspired.”

She perfectly expresses what most of us desire, and that is, that inspiration is given to us by someone else, rather than realizing that inspiration is our responsibility to find and create. And, our responsibility to then make a choice: Will I allow this inspiration to take me to scary places that might actually help me to get something done, something that really matters, and that might be of enormous benefit to others.

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