No matter where you live or what you believe in, inspiration is all around you.
It may be something you read or someone you talk to. Inspiration is just waiting for you to discover it. For me, I hunt for inspiration like mushroom foragers hunt for truffles. I focus all of my energy and sniff it out. Here is a top ten list of things that inspire me:
1- My husband, MR N, inspires me each and every day. He inspired me to write every day and I inspire him to write. He continues to inspire me each day. “Spread the Light, darling,” he whispers to me as he kisses me good-bye before he leaves for work. He empowers me to be the best I can be.
2- The Walking Man inspires me every day. Who is that, you may be asking. In our debut novel, Mary meets a man known in the town of Golden Lake as the Walking Man. He is a homeless man who walks. He is based on a real homeless man that I discovered in my neighborhood. I don’t know much about him except he shuns contact and walks everywhere. Even though he doesn’t talk to me, I show him kindness. He inspires me to spread the Light so I can help others just like him.
3- Twitter inspires me. I have almost 6,500 followers and throughout the day, I get an inspiring photo, tweet or quote. It lights my heart, imagination and mind on fire!
4- Nature inspires me. I go for a morning walk and I surround myself with nature and wildlife. It inspires me to grow beyond my fingertips and to persevere no matter the weather.
5- Past/Present Authors inspire me. No matter what I am dealing with, it is helpful that scores of successful authors have dealt with it too. Publishing is a small community and my fellow authors inspire me each and every day to be bold in my writing.
6- My father inspires me. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and wish he was here with me. He passed away in 1998 and he inspires me to believe in myself. “You can do anything, angel.” I still hear his voice echo in my head.
7- My faith inspires me. I follow the Golden Rule and I do unto others as I would want them to do unto me. I don’t expect anything in return for being kind but it inspires me to be kind in spite of others.
8- The Naysayers inspire me. There have been people in my life that have told me that I couldn’t do something. To them, I say thank you. If not for them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. The constant negative wave surges me forward to achieving my dreams.
9- Music inspires me. My personal favorites include Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Janis Joplin, George Thorogood, P!nk, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars of Clay, Nickelback and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
10- Art inspires me. No matter the form it takes, I have always found inspiration in art. Instead of ink and paper, they tell a story with paint and canvas. So beautiful!
No matter what form inspiration takes, allow it to inspire you to be the best person you can be!
What inspires you? Share in the comments below.