30 August 2015 FINDING THAT CREATIVE SPARK
Ever have moments when you feel completely uninspired? I had an entire day of them, which made this week’s Sunday SoulJourn entry significantly more challenging than normal.
The tip of my pen rested on the lined paper waiting for inspiration to strike. The words blotted out like clogged ink, and I rested my head against the dining room chair out of frustration. “You’re trying too hard,” I decided. So, I closed the notebook and returned to the laundry room.
Hours later I re-opened the book and turned to the page where my young niece decided to write her “poem”. Though merely scribbles, her creative spirit reminded me that inspiration was already around me. Her youthful energy, ceaseless passion, and artistic interest motivated me to find that version of myself long since passed.
I smile broadly every time my niece informs me that she wants to perform on stage and how she strums her child-size guitar for the mere enjoyment of it. I want to support those dreams, interests, and talents for her as I do all my nieces and nephews. This afternoon, as I watched her turn my mother’s sewing board into a stage background, I thought back to a time when I used to love to perform. When did I stop believing in my own dreams and allow the big, bad, scary world to influence my level of confidence?
I am an artistic spirit – I know that without doubt or question. However, for most of my life’s journey, the doubts, fear, and pragmatic questions kept me traveling in circles. Today I realized that inspiration exists all around, but ultimately comes from within.
*What sparks your creativity? How do you deal with a lack of inspiration or motivation? Please share your tips, insights, and advice!*
In a world currently overwhelmed with social media, digital advances, and fast-paced living, we sometimes race straight past Present and head towards an unknown Future. I admit to the above and, as such, decided to create Sunday SoulJourn as a reminder that life is not a race; it’s a journey.
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