What Inspires You?

What does the word “inspiration” mean to you?

Does it conjure up images of an artist sloshing paint across a canvass? Monet perhaps, inspired by the play of light on water and the dream-like colours of the flowers. Or a writer inspired to pen a story about a real life event, and in turn potentially inspiring countless more who read their words.

How about a lonesome musician scribbling notes across a page above a worn out piano? Elton John was inspired to sing Candle in the Wind because of the life of Marilyn Monroe. Many associate that song with Princess Diana, and no doubt it continues to inspire people every time it’s played.

Maybe something less glamorous?

An ordinary person going out of their way to help an elderly neighbour in the winter because they saw post sticking out of their letter box.

Mundane right? Not really if you consider how that person was inspired by the letters. Why are they still there? Why hasn’t my neighbour collected them? Maybe something is wrong. I should investigate. I am inspired to help.

You don’t have to be a “creative type” to be inspired.

As a writer I am inspired by the beautiful world around me. But those slithers of positivity aren’t limited to words on my screen. If you read my post Christmas Cheer – The Big Issue Guy, where I wrote about helping out a homeless guy with a hot meal, you’ll see that inspiration can strike in the most unexpected places. Pay it forward – a simple and effective moral I like to keep in my mind at all times.

I think of inspiration as a brief connection to something or someone. How the connection is made isn’t important, physical, mental, spiritual, it can have a profound effect on your outlook on life or be as simple as checking on your neighbour or a stranger in need.

So where do we find our inspiration?

I’d like to introduce you to a website called Pure Inspiration – www.pure-inspiration.co.uk which is all about capturing how and why inspiration is important to us all.

It would mean a lot to me if you could hop over there and have a look around, fill in the guest book and soak up some pure positivity.

Pure Inspiration has been designed by my sister, Leigh. She is currently on maternity leave after popping out baby #2. Whilst away from work she decided to improve her skills by joining a web design course. Pure Inspiration is much more than a web design project for her, it captures the essence of who she is.

As we travel the journey of life we meet many different people, from dull lifeless husks who seem to live in a bubble of grey and pessimism, to those vibrant characters that shine so bright they dazzle. I often wonder if everyone could see the energy aura that surrounds us all whether people would reach for their sunglasses when they see my sister.

Let me paint you a picture.

Think of people as pure energy. You walk down the street and look with your true eyes. Here and there you see people who shine, a shimmering mirage of colour that surrounds and radiates from them – these people wear a rainbow suit. They are so very different from the weak grey cloud that lingers around others. That isn’t to say the grey people shun positivity, they simply show it at different times, or maybe they seldom lower their defences and open up to the world.

My sister shines.

I’ve not had the privilege to meet many people who dazzle and inspire like my sister. One blogging pal stands out from the crowd, Joss Burnel at The Crowing Crone.

She shines. And like my sister she walks in beauty.

Like Joss, my sister believes in the power of positive thought. It shows. I figure I have a decent outlook on life, I’m patient, smiling, thoughtful and offer support to anyone who needs it. But my sister takes all of these aspects and many more and blends them together with ease to shine with such force that even a text or five-minute phone call from her is enough to lift me for a week.

2012 – Doom & Gloom or are we mistaken?

When I told my sister I was going to blog about her new website, she asked me to mention the Mayan calendar and how we might be looking at it the wrong way. She said she’d read somewhere that the doomsday scenario that surrounds this much documented event isn’t about the end of times but the start of something better. Something the Mayans couldn’t or wouldn’t speak about.

I guess there could be something there. Isn’t it possible that the Mayan calendar ends not because they foresaw the end of the world but because it was the end of the bad times. Obviously it’s easy for anyone to jump on the bandwagon and spin yarns about the end of days because bad news sells. In the movie 2012 we see the world forever changed. There are countless books and documentaries that warn of an apocalyptic event. It’s scary, exciting and captivating.

The sceptic in me thinks: “Meh, yeah right, an ancient civilisation really had that sort of power? Not likely. Their calendar probably stopped due to famine or natural disaster, no great mystery there.”

Even so, I like the idea of the world-changing on December 21st 2012 but not in a bad way. Perhaps it means a shift toward a more positive perspective. Considering how war and destruction loves to ravage the world it seems unlikely that something BIG can suddenly change it all, but hey, you never know! And maybe even a shared vision of a twist toward peace and positivity is enough to cause ripples that lead to a profound change in the future.

Pure Inspiration.

This post is dedicated to my sister, Leigh, and her website, Pure Inspiration. Once again I invite you, dear blog reader, to go take a look. It’s early days for her site and I expect it will grow as more people find it. If you have an inspirational story to tell then share it and let that light into someone else’s life.

I hope you’ll find enlightenment there and take something positive from it.

And maybe when someone spots you as they walk down the street they’ll see how brightly you shine.

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7 thoughts on “What Inspires You?

  1. I agree about Joss, she is a shining light! Your sisters site is fantastic, I will be visiting often and your post here, all I can say is the love and admiration you have for your sister shines through what you write 🙂

    • She learnt a lot, although it was about Joomla! and not WordPress, but hey, you can’t always work with the best! She enjoyed the course and got a lot from it – so I’m happy she came away with something positive. Thanks for popping over there, I’m sure my sister appreciates it!

  2. Very inspirational Dave. Your sisters blog is looks great too. I love her musings about the river. I’ll have to check it in more detail in the future. I have a similar outlook on the 2012 thing. I mean…maybe Obama will be voted out of office or we’ll figure out how to supply ourselves with enough energy to not worry about oil prices or possibly even get a grip on the budget deficit, but to think the Mayans knew anything about any of this is a little far fetched. Maybe the chiseler’s arm got tired…
    We can always hope for positive and I DO know that when this all comes to an end, whenever that may be…something better will take its place.
    It’s past my bedtime and I’m gonna hit the sack, but rest assured, Dave. You’ve inspired me.

    • I like that it could all be down the chiseler’s arm being tired! Or that the chisel crafting profession just died out or became unpopular. It’s all easy to look on the whole debate as one of foreseen doom and chaos and not anything good.

      I’m glad you liked her website. My sister has worked hard on it and she knows these sorts of things are labour of love so she’ll be tweaking and adding more over time. Thanks for paying it a visit!

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