Where does Inspiration come from and how do we recognize it?
In the case of my book, You Are So You! The Path to Uplifting Hearts, it has taken me a long time to figure out the answer to this question. When I was single, living alone and in my twenties (it seems like the merest of moments ago), I became conscious of how important my circle of friends and my family were to me. I sometimes wondered:
Who would I turn to If…
I actually made a list of the people I would turn to: If I needed comforting, if I needed advice, if I needed someone to share my interest and enthusiasms, if I needed cheering up or encouragement… the list was long and evolving.
I do believe in drawing on my own inner strength for support, but I know from experience that having varied relationships and true connections in my life plays a major role in my well being.
Years later I saw what has become a favorite movie for me: Four Weddings and a Funeral. In one of the funeral scenes, a poem by W.H. Auden is recited: “He was my North, my South, my East and West.” It is a touching tribute to love. Hearing this poem conveyed such a tremendous emotional impact, that it altered my thinking. I began to view people not from the vantage point of need, but rather from a heightened awareness of what the people who inhabit my world mean to me. The seeds for You Are So You! sprung from this moment, but it wasn’t until much later in time, when a friend gave me a set of handwritten You Are… messages, that I finally realized I had discovered the key to writing the book I had always dreamed of.
There is more! It involves a Creativity Box that is an idea that has had a positive impact on my life. I will share Moore Ideas about it next time.
Until then, think about a project in which you have been or are currently involved. Trace the beginnings of your inspiration.