You Inspire Me


You Inspire Me

 

I love to create. I believe we were made to create. It’s like a driving force within. There’s a certain high that comes with creating something. The inspiration high.

I have become a fan of the Ted Talks. I don’t like much of what is on TV, so when I want to relax and watch something, I go to YouTube and put on a Ted talk. Recently I watched the one by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. She spoke about creativity and how it could be divinely inspired. She shared the following:

In ancient Greece and ancient Rome people did not happen to believe that creativity came from human beings back then. People believed that creativity was this divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source for distant and unknowable reasons. The Greeks famously called these divine attendant spirits of creativity ‘Daemons’. Socrates famously believed that he had a Daemon who spoke to him from afar. The Romans had the same idea but they called that sort of disembodied spirit a ‘Genius’, which was great because the Romans did not actually think that a genius was a particularly clever individual, they believed that a genius was this sort of magical divine entity who was believed to literally live in the walls of an artist’s studio … and who would come out and invisibly assist the artist with their work and who would shape the outcome of that work (source).

Now I don’t believe that there are genius’ in the walls, but I do believe that creativity and inspiration is divine. Something that has been carved – breathed – into each of us. Like I mentioned in a past post, we all have an impulse to create. It’s in our veins.

Do you love to create? Do you believe that we were made to create? Where do you think creativity and inspiration comes from?

This poem was written in response to this week’s prompt of ‘The Reverie’ poetic publication journal. The challenge was to write a poem of 31 lines.

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56 thoughts on “You Inspire Me

  1. This is beautiful. I love the repetition. It really nails it home. The image is astounding as well. There’s something about combining the visual aspect with the words that really makes it pop. Well done.

    • Thank you so much Laura. I like using a little repetition sometimes. I think it makes a piece stand out just a tad bit stronger. I also love combining poetry with visuals. It’s just like you said, “really makes it pop.”
      Thanks again.
      🙂

  2. I think that you nailed it – it’s in our blood. It’s in our souls. It’s in our hearts – to create, to express. We create life, we create art, we express ourselves in boundless ways. So, yes, we were born to create.

  3. What a lovely message, Staci. I agree with you, we all are born to create, create something that resonates with our being and not merely existing. I’d say inspiration goes hand in hand with a will to accept, to look and learn, if I were to explain it in terms of ‘science’, it’s the transfer of the indestructible energy, which keeps on going in a perennial cycle. 🙂
    Ah, my daily dose of constructive thinking is done! 😀
    Thanks for the cookies! I ate them all at once. 😄 ❤

    • Oh yes, well said. I like what you said, “inspiration goes hand in hand with a will to accept” This is so true. It reminds me of a story I read once: There was this brilliant painter that painted a masterpiece in 10 minutes. When asked how long it took him, he said, “20 years”. We have talents, but they say lament unless we invest in them.
      So glad you liked the cookies, my friend. Oh wow, all at once? I sent you a double batch.
      🙂 ❤

  4. I am born to create and all my talents are my gifts from God for which I am so grateful! Life would be so dull without our gifts. I truly believe they are light of God, they move the world and make it a better place.

  5. I love to create. I believe every human being is a co-creator of this plane on Earth with the Creator, the Source, the Universe. So creativity is innate in us and we create all the time with our thoughts, feelings, actions without even realizing it. We also consciously create with our work, with our words, with our paints and paintbrushes, with our microphones, instruments and studios, etc.

  6. Beautifu! I love the rhythmic repetition of “you inspire me”… as for your questions, how important they are!!!
    Do you love to create? YES, I could not live without… gardening, painting restoration, teaching, poetry, and LIFE, quite simply, because, I many ways, we create our life … (I mean, we take decisions, and have to accept and assume their consequences!)
    Do you believe that we were made to create? YES!!! creation and freedom and linked: we were created FREE – we were free and CREATED – so, we are able to be free AND we are able to create. BUT we’ll be asked by GOD: “what were your choices on Earth”, and “what did you create? Did you create beauty and joy or did you create pain and ugly things?”… so you’d better to think twice before “creating” and “being free”… anyway, I think God loves sincerity, so you can create “sad” things if you’re sincere, and if the thing you create don’t hurt people, however it’s true sometimes you have to hurt people to help them to improve….
    Where do you think creativity and inspiration comes from? They come from Heaven, the Sky, God, celestial spheres… call it as you want, it means from the spiritual World, the Realm, words are just metaphors…
    So, I totally agree with you: “I do believe that creativity and inspiration is divine.” ♥♥♥

    • Oh yes, I know that you love to create. How could anyone not recognize that about you Frederic? And it is very easy to see that you are very inspired. I did not know that you do painting restoration. That’s wonderful. I would love, but love to have the gift of painting, drawing, photography. I just love visually stimulating things. Eye candy, I call it.
      I love how you mentioned that we are responsible for what we create as well. It is so true. We can either shed light or darkness with what we breathe out into the world. And we will be held accountable, no doubt. That’s quite a responsibility, I’d say.
      What a beautiful comment Frederic. Love it.
      Much love to you, my friend.
      🙂 ❤

  7. I love your poem, Staci! But I love ALL your poems. I think you are meant to create poems, but because this is now the second time this week that I heard you say you wish you could create some “eye candy” I just know you should attempt an art project!! It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece…it can be a tiny thing. But I think your soul is asking you to try it!! If you listen, really listen….I think you will know what to do!! Much love!! And you know I HAVE TO MAKE THINGS!!!! ❤

    • Oh Lorrie, you bless me. Yea, I think I will attempt the art project. The problem is time. However, in the beginning of the year, I’m moving to a very pleasant place that offers a lot of great photo opportunities. I’m really looking forward to it. Soon enough, my friend, you’ll be seeing my own pics and tricks on here 🙂 🙂 🙂
      I love that: “I think that your soul is asking you to try it” I’m chomping at the bit now to try it. Hmmmm, maybe even on weekend, when my hubby is traveling and I’m alone with the kids (happening a lot lately). Oh yes, I think I just might do that. Thanks for cheering me on Lorrie. I’m soooooo excited to do this now. I’ll get my kids involved too in their own art project. YEAH!
      After I’ll take a picture and post it, along with the inspiration behind it. That which is in my soul, of course.
      Hehehehe, and yes, I know YOU HAVE TO MAKE THINGS.
      Much love sweet Lorrie
      🙂 ❤

      • Perfect!! I used to love art projects with children…they are not afraid at all…they just go for it. I think whatever you do…it will be good to do it with the kids…observe them…they don’t worry whether they are “doing it right” or if it will “turn out alright.” NO…they just get down to business and “make something!!!”

        I love your response 🙂 Have fun!!!
        Much love ❤ ❤

  8. A really good poem and I love how you brought it back to some Ancient cultures as well. Love how you make your posts very interactive. Hope you’re having a nice week!

    • Awww, thanks Benjamin. I enjoyed writing it. It was a challenge for me. I’m not one to normally take a prompt and then write within a specific time frame with it. So it was a challenge, yet so fun.
      Thanks so much for your kind words. I love the interaction with others, such as yourself. Community is important to me.
      I’ve had a pretty good week, yes. I hope you’ve had a good one too, my friend.
      Thanks again.
      🙂

      • It’s been a pretty good week. Happy it’s over and still get to start a new week. That’s the great part about life, meeting newness. Community is very important, I agree. Happy to hear it was good for you. Again, nice work. Have a great evening!

  9. Thanks for sharing this informative article. I love being creative because there is a spiritual high I get when doing it. Wow…I going to have to purchase that book. Thanks again.

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    • Thank you so much Annie. I’m so glad you liked this post. I really like putting photos and artwork together with poetry. I think it gives it just a tad bit more of interpretation in a visual way.
      Thanks again.
      🙂

  11. I love this Staci! The line ‘Visions of words dancing in my blood’ really hit home with me. Yes, I believe we are all endowed with a creativity that comes from a very creative creator, if you will! His inspiration is all around us and shines brightest through people. You have quickly become an inspiration to me. Great, just great writing!

    • Ohhhh, I’m truly humbled by your comment Mark. Thank you so much for such kind word. I really believe that we are created in the image of God, and because of that, we have this irresistible urge to create. If we listen to His voice, we ultimately co-create with Him.
      Thank you once again.
      🙂

    • Thank you so much RC. I love what you said, “run around in that maze that is our mind.” I can honestly say that I can relate to my mind being a maze.
      Thanks again.
      🙂

  12. I’ve listened to the Ted Talk as well. Interesting. Selling the notion of the “divine” to a room full of intellectuals . . . 😉
    Okay, creativity and inspiration. From the things around us. Something I see, hear, read, etc, triggers thoughts that end up in words. Sometimes, I get complete stories delivered to me, what I can call divine inspiration. These episodes are rare. “Work”-episodes are normal. But work is a gift from the divine – no?
    Beautiful poem Stacy!

    • “Interesting. Selling the notion of the “divine” to a room full of intellectuals . . . ”
      –Hahahahaha. Yes, very interesting indeed. Hilarious actually. Even as she speaks those words, if it wasn’t who it was speaking them, they would sound so archaic and silly.
      I do, however think there is something to that. Not that I believe in genies in walls, but that because we have been create by an extremely creative God, and we were made in His image, we have this irresistible urge to create and bring order.
      I think there’s a balance between the two. From my experience, most of what I write is birthed from inspiration first. Then I have to work at it to get it flow in words. It’s like inspiration and work marrying. So I totally agree that work is from the divine. I read a story once about a great painter that painted up a beautiful piece in about 10 minutes. When asked how long it took him, he said ’20 years’. I believe that the more we invest in our talents and abilities, the more they grow and get better.
      Thank you so much Timi.
      🙂

  13. I’m pretty artistically-challenged, but I do enjoy writing (if that counts as being creative) I suppose I enjoy painting pictures with words, in a way, and seeing if I can get down on paper what I see in my mind’s eye.

    I’m not sure what drives the need to write, but I always feel better after doing so. You shall have to excuse me if I make no sense today, think I am coming down with the flu… 😦

  14. These lines are speaks it all “I love to create. I believe we were made to create. It’s like a driving force within. There’s a certain high that comes with creating something. The inspiration high…”
    The poetry is indeed such a beauty…take you wherever I go, not contained. Embracing each borrowed moment. Omnipresent you are, your power is limitless and encountered everywhere…these are truly so inspiring…
    Your words spells magic…
    😀

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