Inspiration: that moment in which you are connected with all that you really are, when all doors are open for ideas to flow in freely, for all the “aha” moments of revelation, the times when all is clear, when all makes sense, when you’re in the flow, when anything is possible and nothing can stop you.
Yet, there are times when it seems impossible to achieve such a state of being. You blame those around you, politics, the conditions you were born in, you blame the stars, you blame yourself. Are you completely wrong to do so? No, not completely. Everything affects us. But you’re not helping yourself.
Anyone can identify with this. All creative people, at one point or another, got stuck, lost access to inspiration and found themselves banging their heads against the wall, hoping for a decent idea to come to them.
So, what should you do? Well, start by taking a deep breath. It always helps to be consciously present in the moment and evaluate your life. Desperation never did anyone any good. At those times when life may be harsh, breathe, be patient, don’t beat yourself up, take things one step at a time and know that they will eventually turn around.
The key is honesty and courage. Inspiration brings you in contact with your true self, but you also need to be in some sort of alignment with who you really are before inspiration can pop in. It seems hopeless and impossible, but really it’s not. Actually, it makes perfect sense. You have to know what you’re looking for in order to find it. It’s as simple as that. Therefore, you have to start by being honest with yourself. Who are you really, under all the masks you’ve put on during all the years of your life? It takes true courage to stand up to yourself and to everyone around you, and change. Very few people will be able to appreciate your effort to change, especially as that tends to come slowly and it may take a long time before you have something to show the world.
With honesty and courage you start exploring your true self, your true calling, your true desires. Go after what you love to do, that childhood dream, what makes you happy and fills your heart with joy and satisfaction.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” said Martin Luther King Jr. Start with that and see where it takes you.
Being around inspiring, positive people is also very important once you’ve decided to be yourself and find your inspiration. People that are working toward the same goals as you are, happy people who go after their dreams with enthusiasm and joy. People you feel good having around and who tend to see and bring out the best in you. It’s important to be around such individuals, to exchange ideas, support one another and look with hope and joyful anticipation towards the future, while enjoying what you’re creating now.
My wish is that we all keep looking for inspiration at all times, and that once we find it, we hold on to it tightly and do the best that we can with it. Life is only worth living when we are being true to who we really are. That is all we can do for ourselves. With some honesty, a good dose of courage, a little faith and some inspiring people close by, anything is possible.
by Melina Stefanidou
Image credit: Electra Zervou (inspiring photographer)
Some of my personal inspiration recently has come from the following bloggers, whom I really appreciate and I’d invite all to visit their blogs:
- My dear friend Mania Mavridou, architect and interior and graphic designer, a source of endless creative ideas, and founder of Designing for Happiness … when design meets psychology.
- Author Eva Xanthopoulos, whom I had the pleasure to interview on her upcoming book Sought After Blood Lines.
- Joan Kerrigan, the Marlton Artist, for her inspiration to help connect and promote artists through her Awesome Artist Directory, of which alindar is proud to be a part.