Some of the most prolific authors and artists tell us that inspiration is as simple as scheduling a daily space for it. However, we know that Hemingway also fueled his creativity with alcohol, Faulkner with plantation diaries, Walt Whitman with the American frontier, and Karen von Blixen-Finecke with her memories of Africa.
When we give ourselves permission to pursue our passions and surround ourselves with reminders of them, we step into our potential. The elements of your inspiration are as unique as your face. Fueling your inspiration must become a habit if you want easy access daily. You must open the door every day and invite it in.
Picking flowers and scattering them in vases throughout my house or delivering unexpected nosegays to loved ones lights my creative lamp. The first paragraph in Out of Africa unfailingly transports me into a contemplative space. With those words, Karen von Blixen-Finecke entices us into her painful love affair with Africa, and me into myself.
On my quiet Friday mornings, after the rest of my family has flown off to their various occupations, I sit at my living room desk facing my greening yard, surrounded by my favorite books. From here, inspiration meets me, leading me into my bliss.
How can you invite more inspiration into your life? When will you do that?