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in·spi·ra·tionnoun \ˌin(t)-spə-ˈrā-shən, -(ˌ)spi-\
: something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone
: a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something
But we're all different. We learn differently. We work differently. We have different needs and goals. As such, our sources and means of inspiration must, by definition be different too.
Maybe you find inspiration in what you see around you:
Maybe you find inspiration from music? If so, please leave some of your favorite music suggestions in the comments below!
Or, you may find inspiration from others:
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value ~Albert Einstein
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run ~Babe Ruth
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse ~Florence Nightingale
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. ~Mark Twain
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. ~Rosa Parks
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. ~Amelia Earhart
If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. ~Vincent Van Gogh
Eighty percent of success is showing up ~Woody Allen
Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent ~Eleanor Roosevelt
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~Maya Angelou
It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~George EliotPersonally, I find inspiration all around me - from my colleagues to my spouse, to my children, and strangely enough in my dreams. On one discouraging day, a wonderful friend and colleague, Andra Medea, hooked me onto zenpencils.com. I've used one of their posts before (The Power of Words in Graphic Novels) where "Phenomenal Women: A Poem by Maya Angelou" is beautifully presented, complements of zenpencils.com
In closing, I present another zenpencils post: a quote by author and video blogger John Green:Make Gifts for People. John and his brother, Hank, are the Vlogbrothers. They helped pioneer video blogging (communicating only through YouTube videos for a year). John Green also hosts/co-writes Crash Course World History - a series that tells the entire history of civilization in over forty, very entertaining 10-minute videos.
In the quote below, John Green (via zen pencils) offers words of advice, inspiration and encouragement for aspiring writers:
As always, I want to thank you for your visits. These visits and your insightful, kind comments are always inspirations for me.
Please share what inspires you in the comments below.