Discovering Inspiration

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” ~Pablo Picasso …

Inspiration is often misunderstood. For many of us, it is something that we may wait our entire lives for, hoping it will find us and bring us great fame, power, or fortune; but that is not how inspiration works. It is found through hard work and putting forth the effort, taking chances, exploring, and actively engaging in life. It does not come to us out of the blue, rather, we invite it into our lives by taking on tasks and jobs that interest us and offer us growth.

What Pablo is ultimately saying is that we are not usually inspired with a greater purpose in life; instead, it is up to each of us to seek out and identify a great purpose that is right for us and to work on it with determination and vigor. It is during this time, when we are in busy pursuit of our work, that inspiration will find us. Moreover, it will not be something that finds us from without, but will instead come from within us.

Discovering the inspiration within ourselves general involves taking calculated risks and being open to ideas. Perhaps I will have to leave my current job to pursue something that interests and challenges me. Maybe I will be required to step outside of my comfort zone to grow and mature or to open myself up to new ideas.

If we are not willing to put forth the work and effort to seek out inspiration, or to reach out in new directions and try different things, we most likely will not find it. Find things you enjoy in life–things that involve you, challenge you, and bring out the best in you. And be open to finding inspiration in all aspects of your life. Perhaps you may find it in a hobby or the arts. Or maybe in volunteer work and human interactions. Or maybe in traveling the world, or reading books, taking classes, or other such things. The key to unlocking your potential is there for you to find… but you have to begin searching for it.

Keep busy with the things that interest you.

Questions to consider:

What is inspiration to you? Have you experienced any recently?

Can you think of anything that potentially might interest you and provide you with inspiration?

What are some things you can do to increase the frequency and length of your visits with inspiration?

For further thought:

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” ~Patanjali

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