Hunt for Inspiration

The power of joyful living

People sometimes wait around for inspiration to strike.  I’m more of an “if it’s not coming to you go out and hunt it down” kind of person. 

This morning I was sitting inside my house trying to get through the stack of paperwork so I could get to some serious brainstorming and writing.  The dishes in the sink were taunting me, the birds outside were calling, thoughts of the sun and breeze of this beautiful day were distracting me.  And I thought to myself “if the beauty of the moment calls out this insistently perhaps I’ll find my inspiration by heeding the call”. 

So I packed up my computer, a blanket, a notepad, threw in a water bottle and a granola bar and in 5 minutes was in my car heading to a place called Happy Landings.  As you can imagine, a place called Happy Landings got its name for a reason…I was greeted by sprawling fields, a few luxurious trees thrown in, two windmills, and a rainbow sent to say “good choice Heather!” 

After a quick power walk and a plea to a passerby to catch this moment on film (see photo), I took a deep breath and started writing.  Results:  several pages of some of my best writing and a killer marketing plan.  Moral to the story:  Be open when inspiration calls.  Listen for its whisper, ring, chime, or scream and follow.  Don’t wait for the revelation to come to you.  Sometimes recognize that you have to go and hunt it down.

Action Step:  Stop what you are doing and look around.  Do you have a special spot in your home that cultivates creativity?  If not, think about how you can create one.  And in the meantime, make a list of all the places you can go that bring you inspiration, joy, and vision.

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About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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