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December 29, 2011

Inspiration

inspiration (ĭn’spə-rā’shən)
(noun)

  1. stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity
  2. the state or quality of being so stimulated or aroused
  3. someone or something that causes this state
  4. an idea or action resulting from such a state
  5. the act or process of inhaling; breathing in

From Collins Dictionary

I got a note today from my friend Pam Davis. She has been reading my blog (thank you, Pam!) and, while not suddenly enthusiastic about lacing up her running shoes, has decided that she should start writing as well. In here very first post on BariBelle, Pam writes:

A dear friend and one of the busiest women on the planet has recently found the time to start running (gasp) and to begin a personal blog. I rationalized if this super busy lady can find the time to share her perceptions and realizations with us, I need to stop procrastinating and do the same.

We never quite know what might inspire us.

I think about it a lot lately because I am consciously trying to find my own sources of inspiration.  Sometimes it comes easily. I am very inspired in my career because it is a constant source of good things: income, positive feedback, upward growth in my life. Creativity seems to flow easily when there is a constant stream of good things feeding it.

But these days I am trying to feel inspired to do things that don’t come as easily: to run and write. In some ways, I started to blog specifically for the purpose of keeping myself inspired to run. It is helpful – I get great comments and feedback and that drives me forward just a bit more. But the I have to have the inspiration for the writing itself. Not that life is not rich with inspiring things, but as with any creative endeavor, you have to feel a bit of an inner drive – a little spark – to get it done.

I have to ask myself: What am I going to do when I wake up and I don’t want to run or write?

Breathe.

I like that the other definition of “to inspire” is to “breathe in.” Sometimes when we don’t want to do something, the best strategy is simply to take a deep breath and do it anyway. Today, I am on vacation on the beautiful Catalina Island. I had a little too much wine last night, stayed up past my bedtime and really did not want to leave the warm comfort of the bed to run this morning. Then I read Pam’s note about being inspired by me. I took a deep breath, pulled on my running shoes and walked out the door. Maybe inspiration begets inspiration – as each breath carries you into the next?

Here is what I was rewarded by this morning:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope your morning inspires you.

Jacqueline

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  1. Pam D.
    December 31, 2011 at 4:02 am #

    Jacqueline, this is such a great post (and not just because I’m mentioned in it!) I think we never know who/what/where/when we’re going to be inspired. You’ve got me started writing, but I doubt you’ll ever get me running 😉
    Pam – BariBelle

    • Jacqueline Jacques
      December 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

      Looking forward to seeing you next week – so many good things ahead don’t you think! You probably won’t inspire me to go adopt dogs from the pound this year either, but I am looking forward to hearing about all the great adventures.