Earth Day,did you get your Inspiration? Did you tell us, “What’s Your Place On Planet Earth? Are you one of the 34%?
In a recent Harris Poll, fewer people are concerned about the future of our planet, with 34% of those surveyed in 2012 stating their concern, down 9% from the number concerned in 2009. Does this give you hope?
And we move on… like the bee from flower to flower, going about our work and responsibility to family. But the bee answers the question to its Place On Planet Earth in spades. Without them, like the trees if no longer with us, we would probably be gone soon after.
But let’s get introspective on Inspiration…
The seeds of inspiration will grow into new experiences. And reciprocally, life experiences nurture fresh inspiration.
There is just so much GOOD in life, it would be regretful not to harvest as much as you can from the inspiring experiences of life. Nurture the imagination, cultivate creativity, and tend the passion.
Plant a garden of innovation and adventure to explore. You are happy, the community in which you live is happy, and those that inhabit it will be happy.
Dark and maybe a bit intriguing?
Finding inspiration may be to look deep within yourself, past consciousness and reason? But we can be stymied, and just be victims of ourselves sometimes. Inspiration is like a fire that burns on the inside. It rarely smolders, but out of nowhere, flares. When there is nothing tangible to ignite that internal flame, you can look just about anywhere and come up with something.
Everything has the ability to inspire, down to the smallest and simplest things. It is just a matter of how you see and perceive it.
Be inspired by the things that most people simply overlook. There is a ‘life’ behind all things I believe.
From the Month in Tens – November’s Simple Things post.
Ideas can come from some really mundane places, some of the most unlikely pairing of objects and thoughts. You have been seeing images of unlikely partners with a blue hyacinth for each of my Inspiration postings 1, 2, and 3 this week. Why???
Be open to your surroundings. I try to find inspiration in the character of place. This is important in architecture.
My Bridge to ‘It’s a Small World’, images made me think of the tiny world happening just beyond my immediate field of view. That lead to the recent post, Last Rays of the Day. In that post, and to some extent, this one, if I chose to photograph from eye level, the feeling of a small world would be lost, because the subjects, for the most part, were only inches off the ground.
Another thing I found in the Small World, a couple of subjects that just did not belong. Below, by their color alone, these two standouts really call attention to themselves.
It was much more effective and natural to get lower and closer to the subjects, to become part of that world, sparking a story as the sun set for the day. And some of those tiny garden inhabitants fight all odds to soar to heights beyond the norm, to find their place in the sun. This little Muscari, above, chose to grow far from those of its kind.
The family, Muscari.
Image from, Last Rays of the Day
Can you just imagine this tiny, bustling world of activity that is just beyond your view. A community that comes to life at night. Maybe the storyline starts by crossing the daffodil bridge and pondering what lies at the other end?
Can the bridge be crossed safely, or does peril await in this seemingly tranquil, miniature world? What ominous creature whose task it is to guard the watery jewels, lives deep inside those pretty sapphire petals of hyacinth? Or is it a happy tale of fairies and wishes granted? Wait a few days and the garden scene will be bright and cheery, like the little Muscari above. You decide what to imagine, but consider the power of contradiction and opposites. The power of what does not belong. If you want to read this advice by a professional, see his post today.
See, when you have nothing, sometimes nothing is the inspiration unto itself.
Cross that bridge and see what you find.
So for W4W on Wednesday 25 April, find your inspiration. Who inspires you? Where do you go to get inspired? How do you get creative? What gives you the spark? When is the best time to sit back and open up your mind? Can you picture it? Can you put it to words? Most of all, inspire others! My post for Wednesday is simple, a place that brings inspiration to me.