“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Inspiration found me this morning—even though, I was trying my very best to tuck away with a hot cup of decaf and just the littlest wedge of remaining dark chocolate. Alas, the little bugger just wouldn’t let me be…
We’re actually good friends, he and I—even if he does sometimes pester me in the middle of the night, nudging me awake from the deepest of sleep and with all sorts of wonderings-on.
And asking those questions with such very long answers, like, “what is this thing we call life?” or “what makes a heart really smile?”
And though, I do love my dear friend, Inspiration…at times, he can be a bit like that one annoying kid at a sleepover—you know, the one who’s mind just never rests…chattering on and on and on again, until the earliest hours of the breaking dawn.
Just how the heck did that kid wake up refreshed?
So, here I am now with this simple fleck of an idea, stuck inside of my mind and just rolling around—and what choice do I have? There’s really none—my only option now is to go, do, and create.
And, yet, as inconvenient as this may all seem to be—I’m still really grateful to have him around.
I think we all need friends just like these—the ones who’ll force us to pause and to think…who’ll gently tug us down yet another endlessly, winding path…and, even on those days when we’d rather wish for that ‘walk’ to be done.
And, though, he can often seem to be a bit of a pest—always showing up at just the wrong time…I assure you Inspiration’s intentions are (mostly) genuine, otherwise, why would he bother to drop by at all?
So go now…dream…build, and create… and while you’re at it, why not just let Inspiration tag along?
Just make sure to bring a really thick notebook…as Inspiration can be quite the indomitable chatterer.
Bonus: Stop thinking so much. Go, Do!
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Ed: Kate Bartolotta
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