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What Is It that Inspires You?

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OK, it doesn't have to be something to gets you jumping in the countryside, but you know what I mean. What's this that gets your inspiration batteries charged? For some people, it's some creative endeavor, while for others, it's a productive day at their project, or maybe just hanging out on beBee. For me, it's good music (especially, Gypsy Jazz).

Inspiration isn't a shallow thing, though, solely for the romantically inclined. It's considered to be a powerful motivator and a key characteristic of a good leader. Thousands of soldiers put up with all sorts of hardships and even died following Alexander the Great, though they could have stayed back in Macedonia and hung out with the local ladies instead. But according to witnesses of the time, Alex had a way of inspiring people to follow him to the ends of the known world, fighting for the ideal he introduced to them. Perhaps modern leaders have lower expectations of their followers, but they still rely on inspiration, especially in the beginning.

Inspiration is also a rejuvenating factor, keeping us in touch with life. For some, this is the primary purpose of the Arts and why someone would delve into such endeavors. Although many people would buy a painting (or an NFT these days) as an investment, many would purchase it because it stirs something inside them. The same goes with going to a good concert, even though you'd probably be able to get the same music on Spotify or some other platform.

According to some people, inspiration is also a need of sorts, aligned with self-realization. After all, beyond a certain level, people aren't satisfied with just a cushy life, and they long for something to break the routine enticingly. Inspiration manages that while arousing creativity and plans for new projects.

Inspiration is also a state of mind. Although it's often linked to a particular stimulus (e.g., a sonorous or meaningful song), it's also a way of being, even if it's temporary. To use a more modern term, it's a kind of mindfulness. Still, you needn't enroll in a mindfulness class or isolate yourself from the world for a few days to attain that. Sometimes it happens organically, while other times after some effort; rarely on-demand. In any case, it's always there; you merely need to access it and try to keep it since, like most psychological states, it's fleeting.

So, what are your inspiration experiences?

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Nature and music always inspire me.

John Rylance

3 months ago #1

My inspirational experiences tend to come unexpectedly from many directions. I dont what will inspire me till it does.

I didnt know I was going to be inspired to comment on inspiration until I read the post.

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