Thursday, January 27, 2011

inspiration takes flight

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. 
There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.
Johann Gottfried Von Herder

I am very thankful that we are all different. Our differences cause each of us to have unique interests, passions and joys. When we find a way to manifest those aspects of ourselves, we create. Inspiration is the catalyst. Without inspiration, our creative spark dims.

Passion and inspiration are dependent upon one another. When they thrive there is fruit and when their combined flame is extinguished, emptiness. 

So then, how does one stay inspired? Undoubtedly, there are as many answers to the question as there are people who implement them. Personally, however, there are some basic principles that help me meet the challenge of staying inspired.

1.    Stay thankful (or count your blessings). Your life will not bear fruit if your heart cannot give. Thankfulness is the key.
2.    Surround yourself with things and people you love. This keeps you positive and motivated. 
3.    Fellowship with like-minded people.  Listen to their stories. Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” If your passion is dance, seek out other dancers. If it’s writing, then find fellow writers to spend time with. 

I had the absolute pleasure of fellowshipping with like-minded people this past weekend at a BlogLove event hosted by Kristin and Chris Ann from LoveFeast Table. Among their many passions, they love being that catalyst… sparking the inspiration that fuels someone’s enthusiasm.

BlogLove is a series of events that are meant to inspire fellow bloggers. This particular event, BlogLove Takes Flight, was the fourth in the series and was held at the In-Flight Theater in Baltimore. Mara Neimanis welcomed bloggers from Maryland and Virginia into her aerial theater and shared with us not only her art but a window into her life. In telling her story, she spoke about not allowing herself to be a victim of the circumstances of her life, but literally rising above it and using her passion to be victorious. Her perspective of using aerial performance as a storytelling device nestled responsively with the group gathered since that’s really how many of us approach blogging… It’s the story of our lives and the things in it. 

Aerialists Kristen Faber and Jessica Bucaro also shared their talents and stories with us. Collectively, they have a different story and therefore a different viewpoint than Neimanis, which naturally provides them with a unique inspiration for their art. 

It is interesting to correlate this to blogging. Obviously, we all come to blogging for different reasons, bringing along our individual experiences, histories and motivation. Much like the aerialists, while the activity is the common ground, what we create is our own. Whether it is writing or something else, pursuing our passions and fueling the fire within rounds out our lives and helps complete us.  

Many, many thanks Kristin and Chris Ann.


  1. Wow this looks like it was a fantastic weekend! I wonder if there's any bloglove in Florida?
    Have a great weekend!

  2. I love that line, "...while the activity is the common ground, what we create is our own" - you do have a way with words! I so agree with this post and its passion! Visiting from SITS

  3. Oh dear I have read quite a few posts today with a similar theme, the January blues maybe.

  4. That sounds like such an inspiring event!

  5. Thanks for joining us!! It was so great to spend time together IRL!! ~Chris Ann & Kristin

  6. Love the quote!
    Following from the wed. blog hop!


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