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Take Inspiration and Run

Inspiration strikes. Are you ready to take it and run?

When we talk about living a creative life, we’re talking about paying attention to the world around us. We’re talking about taking it in, about being a part of it.

Unsurprisingly, the word inspiration also means to draw in a breath, an inhalation. When we’re inspired, we take in what’s there. Inspiration metabolizes into our system, changing from one thing into something else (like oxygen to carbon dioxide). When inspiration strikes, we transform it into something uniquely ours, our own creative expression to share with the world. Give ten writers the same two characters about to fall in love and you’ll have ten different stories. Guaranteed.  

Once we’re inspired, we feel it. It’s visceral. We’re excited, we can’t wait to see what happens next. We want to get going now. We don’t want to wait, we don’t want to consider the pros and cons, we aren’t interested in anyone’s approval. We just know it’s the right thing to do.

So do it.

Write that book, take that trip, buy that house. True inspiration is hard to shake—it’s not easily discouraged. If anything, inspiration persists until you pay attention to it. Inspiration isn’t a good idea for later—it’s a good idea for now. Avoid falling back on practicality—the practical hinders inspiration. Hope creates inspiration. As does excitement, possibility, inner joy.

When you give up on practicality and align with inspiration, then funny things start to happen. Coincidences. Good timing. Unexpected help. Inspiration finds a way—it always does. Furthermore, inspiration grows when you take it and run. Great thinkers like Einstein and Descartes and DaVinci didn’t just have one idea—they had many. They didn’t just write one book or paint one painting—the masterpieces kept on coming. 

The next time inspiration strikes, don’t wait. Choose an action. Make a decision. See where it leads. Engage with it, take it in, make it yours.