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Stealth Inspiration

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Dear Diary,

 

Rustling in the fringes

That Thought

A flash of indiscriminate color,

A glimpse of the quirk of a mocking smile,

Then stillness

Opening out and spreading

Silence seeping in, then saturating.

That Thought

Nowhere to be seen,

Or heard

But I feel it,

Pulsating,

Breathing

Blending with the surrounding scenery.

Time slows

The Thought hides

and I wait, poised and expectant

for Inspiration to leap and strike.

Living Out Loud

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Dear Diary,

 

“Slip inside the eye of your mind,

Don’t you know you might find a better place to play?

You said that you’d never been,

All the things that you’ve seen will slowly fade away.”

 

I am quoting an Oasis song here. Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I adore poetry, song lyrics and thought provoking quotes. They do help me to slip into the eye of my mind where I do like to play. I find some rather creative thoughts and ideas back there and do my best to pull them out and sprinkle them into the hectic jumble that is my life. Part of what is back there, of course, are memories. Painful ones and sparkly ones. Let’s address those sparkly ones. I don’t believe that “all of the things you have seen (need to) slowly fade away.” The moments that have inspired us need to be kept in the forefront of our lives and incorporated into how we live instead of being tucked away as an awesome experience that is over. This moves us from merely Regular Life into Real Life.

 

My husband and I just got back from a lengthy vacation to Peru. The main purpose was the birthday of one of my husband’s best friends. The birthday boy’s mother is from a family of twelve and there was a turn out of approximately thirty friends and family from different parts of the world to participate. The family members are loud, they are fun loving, they are argumentative and they are tightly supportive of each other. And they included us as one of their own. The camaraderie was beautiful and the trip was packed with parties, sight seeing, jungle hiking, boating, sand sledding, tomb exploring and much wonderful food, drink and conversation. There were many inspiring moments during that trip. And I will keep them and use them instead of tucking them away as a wistful memory. This keeps me in the realm that is beyond Regular Life. Regular Life is what I refer to as the daily taking care of business existence. Regular Life is necessary because it is the foundation that Real Life is built upon. My idea of Real Life consists of what makes you feel alive and causes your heart to beat faster. It is the feelings created by breathtaking scenery, caressing breezes, uplifting music, beautiful food, exhilarating sex, side-splitting laughter, warm embraces, understanding smiles, adventurous thrills, new experiences, epiphanies and other such moments. You don’t only need to be on vacation to be participating in Real Life although that tends to be the goal of vacations. If you don’t let Regular Life blind you and bog you down you can find Real Life possibilities everywhere. Take care of business but don’t forget to slip inside the eye of your mind and look through that lens. Live out loud. There’s so much around you. Keep it in front and you’d be surprised how it colors everything else.

Breathe Deeply

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Dear Diary,

A bit of inspiration on a rainy, pre-spring Tuesday morning:

What truly makes your heart beat? I don’t mean what makes your heart skitter or skip a beat from a temporary thrill. But what makes the blood course hot and fast through your veins to spark the electricity in your brain to move your muscles to a meaningful purpose? What idea burns within you that begs to be realized? Have you put it on a shelf or tucked it away because it is too difficult? Bring it out, dust it off, or mend the tears and scratches. Embrace it. Live it. Be it.To not do so, would be to breathe but shallowly.

Here are a collection of quotes from famous people who lived their passions:

Do what you love. Know your bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. ~Henry David Thoreau

We all have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility. ~ Albert Einstein

Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. ~Robert Frost

Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. ~Mark Twain

Passion is the genesis of genius. ~Tony Robbins

Like the north wind whistling down the sky, I’ve got a song. Like the the whippoorwill and the baby’s cry, I’ve got a song. And I carry it with me and I sing it loud. If it takes me nowhere, I’ll go there proud. ~Jim Croce

Slip inside the back of your mind, don’t you know you might find a better place to play? ~Oasis

Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaption, but through daring. ~Henry Miller

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase ~Martin Luther King Jr.

All of our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You first have instinct, then opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. ~Emerson

Today is a new day, begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered by your old nonsense. ~Emerson

Rock on, Beautiful People.

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