While talking to a friend about inspiration, I said something like what I wrote above. Actually, I really meant it. And in this way, I wrote my quote for the first time for Colleen’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday!
I was saying that to my friend but it also served me well. Most of the times, it’s when I’m not satisfied or happy that I have the best ideas – provided that I don’t let myself be dragged down by dissatisfaction – and look for other alternatives and ways to get what I want.
That’s when I’m surprised by the limitless possibilities that are available to me, and which I wouldn’t have noticed, had I been so satisfied and happy with what I had before.
I’m in no way trying to advocate that suffering is good. I hate it too. I’m simply saying that it’s inevitable. But we can make it work for us, instead of against us, by using its (negative) energy to help us to move on. How? Accepting the reality and going ahead to the next steps of our lives. When I don’t accept a reality that I don’t like, I’m just giving it a license to exist, perpetuate itself and become my future too.
What all of this has to do with inspiration? What I can share with you from experience is that the moment I allow myself to think about, instead of ‘nurture’ my down moments, is the time when I see more than what I had perceived from my situation. Only then I see positive thoughts and energy back in. That is what I call inspiration… when I’m able to see or give new meaning, even to the same situation.
By the way, the background of this quote is the result of a failed photo, shot on manual and underexposed. I had a black image. I played with it by editing just for fun (increased exposure, contrast, saturation, etc.) and it went from black to a beautiful green abstract. I put an extra layer on it of a flower pattern, and also put text on it. It acquired a new meaning! Et voilà, my failure is no more.
I hope to do the same also with my life’s failures.