Column is a monthly feature that explores the world
of creativity and aesthetics.
de Sousa, Director, AbleStable
You're looking for the spark that fires
your excitement. You desire inspiration, a place
to begin, a place that will keep you burning through
the early hours, a drive that will not
rest until the creative act is done, at least in
rough, in outline, at least enough so you can spend
the days refining, molding, building on that kernel
of clarity that possesses you. You cannot rest,
you cannot let such a moment pass, for if you do
it will not return...
sit here in the dying minutes of my birthday
determined to at least make a start on something
new, something that will leave a minor milestone
to return to one future day. I have spent the
rest of this day working,
my family, in contact with friends, but I want,
I need to spend a part, the final moments of
this day, doing that which I love most, leaving
some small shadow
from afar, for others to connect with, a place
to touch again in time. So here it is, a tall
order, inspire me, what does? Something that
for me connects emotionally, physically, intellectually.
fragility of Inspiration
may last but a moment, but its affects linger
like the scent of freshly cut grass. An arousal
of the mind, a sudden intuition, inspiration
on by an
external stimulus or an internal jump to attention
that comes from an unknown place deep within
inhalation of intoxicating emotion often speeds
away so fast from the epicentre of our consciousness
it dissipates if
contained in some way. Like a butterfly caught
on the wind then hurried out of sight by a force
it is that fleeting sense of something bigger
than oneself that defines inspiration more than
anything else. When
fast action is required. The pen, the brush,
the quickly tapping keyboard. It is a race against
loss, and it is this race that fuels our desire
to create when inspired.
may be physical beauty, or ugliness, or
someone who performs a selfless act, a wholly
self centred act, an act of compassion, of horror,
of tenderness, of recklessness. It may be our
loss of another, our gain of a lover, our fear,
our illness, our strength, our fall from grace,
our courage in the face of danger, our hatred
of a person close, our wonder at a person far.
People now, at the very moment you read this
word inspire, one, another.
is a place. It may be large or small, light or
dark. Full with colour, gray as smoke. This place
may be new to you, or you may have seen this
place a thousand times before. An ordinary room
that seems transformed, an extraordinary vista
out across the land and sea. The light, the sound,
the smell, the taste of air. All become as one.
Our sense of place can fill one with association,
with remembrance, with occasion great or modest,
a place can be the making of our dreams.
may be from afar, or close as close can be. A
small thing that on the face of it seems of little
consequence, but at this moment enlightens you.
A memory of childhood, an experience of great
the events that shape us give us context as our
nature gives us boundary. What happens day to
day can be dull, but now and then we chance upon
when it seems what happens to us shines above
the usual state of play, an extraordinary event
that in our heart we know to be significant.
inspire. Ideas that are good, bad, or neither. The
eradication of poverty. The
call to a glorious war. The insight that the
world holds more
than our senses can convey. And
inspired we act. To act is to make happen.
We may fail or succeed in our efforts, but the effort is our intuitive response
to being inspired.
may be a leader who inspires through the power
of rhetorical eloquence. Equally you may be a
leader who inspires
terror, the worst that as a species we can muster.
You may consider yourself ordinary, but the ability
to inspire is not exclusive to the rich and powerful.
Each one of us, no matter how humble, poor, or
has the power within us to inspire. By example,
by action, by word, by deed.
I've found most powerful as I've scratched
the surface with my words, is
how inspiration is unquestionably all around
at hand, at
in every moment. We often let the moment pass,
we let the tick of time dull
explore, but like
stars in daylight, countless
are just beyond our gaze. We could either be
the person who waits for inspiration and the
clear night to appear, or we could build ourselves
a ship of the imagination now, that breaks free
of the gravity that confines us. We define our
world and destiny, we inspire, you
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