In this issue ~~
Inspiration is a beautiful thing. When I feel down or anxious or creatively stuck, it feels great to put on an uplifting piece of music, listen to an encouraging motivational tape or read an empowering book.
I put the question out to the subscribers of this newsletter: What inspires you? The responses I received follow below. I invite you to explore these resources and see which ones would be inspiring to you.
But first, here are some samples from my inspiration “toolkit” . . .
Click on the book, tape or CD/DVD graphic to see a description of each item at Amazon.com.
MOTIVATIONAL TAPES/CDS BY . . .
(See the next issue for an interview with Cynthia!)
And finally, my favorite QUOTE:
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” ~~ Helen Keller
And now to you . . . What inspires you?
FROM DAVID M. CEJA . . .
I thoroughly enjoy reading your newsletter. It makes me feel happy.
“People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within.” ~~ Anonymous
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success."
FROM DEBBIE G. . . .
Being outside – in my garden, or the mountains, on warm and sunny days.
FROM MICHELLE LEWIS . . .
One song that has been on my list for a long time comes to mind: "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls. The lyrics are great.
FROM BARBARA WALDBILLIG . . .
Because I am exceedingly blessed in my life with terrific family and good friends, they provide many opportunities to explore my creative life. In addition, my enjoyment of classical music, especially Beethoven. Mozart and Schubert, makes that exploration special.
Georgia O’Keeffe, one of America's greatest painters – viewing her flowing abstracts and her sensuous landscapes of lakes, mountains and her view of the sky is inspirational and gives endless pleasure.
FROM INARAE USSACK . . .
Reading about other successful creative people is inspiring to me – being able to see their studios, learn about difficulties they have overcome and hearing about methods they use in their endeavors. For me, imagination and creativity can be infectious.
FROM CATALINA DIAZ . . .
A favorite quote:
"Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting Peace can come only to peaceful people." ~~ Jawaharlal Nehru
FROM LYNN O. . . .
In January this year, I was told that I had early stage breast cancer. I was scared to death and launched into a major self-research campaign.
What ultimately helped my "downs" was turning to God in prayer and using positive thinking and visualization. I watched a "healing" videotape by an herbalist [Dr. Schultze – see below] that really struck home. He said that every cell in our bodies contains a neuropeptide, and that means that every cell receives THOUGHTS from our brains – both good and bad thoughts – and acts according to that positive or negative thought. We can literally THINK ourselves WELL or SICK!
I also made other proactive changes: I changed my diet drastically; hired a Naturopath physician to get me started on supplementation; and reduced my workload, which was far too stressful.
After all the pathology results came back from my surgery, I did not have to take chemotherapy, and was told that I could consider myself "cured"! I continue to eat well, live well and think positively and thank God for allowing me to go through this illness in order to become a better person.
FROM SUSAN JOHNSON . . .
FROM NICOLE LERARIO . . .
What makes me feel creative/strong/inspired:
FROM STEVE SEARS (www.SGSWrite.com) . . .
FROM KRISTIN WEAVER . . .
Lyrics (in particular):
I hope, now that you’ve read of other people’s sources of inspiration, that you’ll be inspired to add a few to your own inspiration toolkit!
Everyone could use a little inspiration. This week, share your favorite sources of inspiration with at least 3 people.
“When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it.”
“If we are to trust the reports of creative thinkers and artists, congenial surroundings are often the source of inspiration and creativity. They often echo Franz Liszt’s words, which he wrote on romantic Lake Como: ‘I feel that the various features of Nature around me . . . provoke an emotional reaction in the depth of my soul, which I have tried to transcribe in music.’”
“Whatever your discipline, become a student of excellence in all things. Take every opportunity to observe people who manifest the qualities of mastery. These models of excellence will inspire you and guide you toward the fulfillment of your highest potential.”
“There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration.”
See the article above for lots of recommendations.
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