thoughts on inspiration.

from ann taylor’s november ad, featuring demi moore

…should I be embarrassed to admit I admire demi moore? oh well I do. I think she’s strong and committed and smart. and wow, I knew we were about the same age, but when I looked up the wikipedia link, I see she’s actually six days older than I am. huh – so add to that list “aging well” 🙂

she was featured in the latest ann taylor ad campaign, which arrived in print in my mailbox last week. I always love looking at fashion ads, and this one didn’t disappoint. the words on one of the inside pages spoke right to me.

Be Inspired. yep, I cut that out and pasted it in my journal and thought about inspiration. about being inspired. I started a list of things that inspire me. and I realized that – at least for me – being inspired is very different from other “be’s”, like be optimistic, or be grateful, or be healthy, or be beautiful. those things can exist on their own, but being inspired seems to be a path to someplace else. I need to be inspired to {something}. like pretty yarn or a new pattern collection inspire me to knit (or rearrange my project queue). a brilliant sunrise inspires me to say a prayer of thanksgiving and grab my camera. the latest november magazines arriving in my mailbox inspire me to start planning holiday menus (and cook!!).

I wasn’t expecting the list to go like that when I started it. I was expecting a long list of things that would leave me inspired. plain and simple. no object required. things like sunshine, crisp morning walks, time with friends. what inspires you (no object required)?

8 thoughts on “thoughts on inspiration.

  1. Your blog inspires me… I don't understand english very well and it takes me work to translate all the words but it's always worth the time… I would like to have you as neighboord … 🙂 Have a nice day !!!Guylaine

  2. I think I'm going to follow Guylaine…you inspire me! Your knowledge, energy, spirit and friendship! There's more…but I've only had one cup of coffee so I'm not up to speed.

  3. I get inspired when I see others doing something I'd like to one day accomplish – not sure if that makes sense, but it's true.

  4. I'm with Sara. Having to quit smoking because of a heart attack 5 years ago, I get inspired by those who can exercise to lose weight. I just can't get going on that one. Might try for other inspirations after reading your post. :o)

  5. my comment disappeared into space! what inspires me – besides the outdoors on a beautiful day, i would have to say compassionate people helping others …

  6. This post and as others have shared – your blog, quite a source of inspiration. Thanks for giving us a lot to think about.Cheers~

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