I hesitated to write that first, simply because it may seem cliche, too simple even, or that it would perhaps appear as though I thought I “had” to write it first. But I didn’t let myself walk too far down that line of thinking, because for me, before anything else, there is Him. God is the source of all good things–both in my life and in yours. I know that He breathes in me and lends me life, every day. His unending mercy, love, and light fill me and lift me. If I have any sort of inspired thought or find myself in the midst of creating something lovely, or have a moment where my senses and abilities and understanding peak, I am ever aware that it was from Him–a gift to me.
2. The Earth
Our world takes my breath away. There are times when it’s so beautiful, that I find myself clutching my heart in awe. I’m amazed at the way things cycle and grow and flow in perfect order. The colors knock me over and leave me aching for more. Whenever I write something that I think is worth reading, nine times out of ten, it’s been written after I have been out, close to, and experiencing the Earth.
I have always been fascinated with the concept of light. How it bends, reflects, refracts, warms, and fills. How it changes and opens understanding and sight. No matter how awful I was at science or how difficult I found it to pay attention in those classes, when we came to the chapters on light, I was always on the edge of my seat. To even think of light fills me with ideas and wonder.
Few things affect me as deeply or as profoundly as words. The way they combine and form into sentences and ideas and stories that have the ability to move and change us is thrilling to me. To understand a word, I mean really understand it–to find out where it came from, and know its root, what it meant originally, what it means now–is like opening a beautifully wrapped package with the most exquisite gift inside. I am at times left speechless (or in tears) by beautiful writing. I feel my soul expand and I clamor to read it again and again. I feel “most like me” when I’m using my words.
I love seeing people in love. I love hearing stories of love. I love experiencing acts of love. And not just romantic love, but love in its finest and gentlest and purest form. Where it’s the motivation behind goodness, honesty, kindness, and sincerity. Rarely does it need to be grand. In fact, simple is usually better. But the result is sheer happiness. Love like that motivates me to do more and be more than I am.
Tell me: What inspires you?
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