What is Inspiration?

Inspiration

in·spi·ra·tion
ˌinspəˈrāSH(ə)n/
noun
-the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

What is Inspiration?

It’s one of those concepts that has dozens of definitions, interloped with the definitions of terms like motivation, stimulation, creativity. It’s popularly associated with the lightbulb metaphor. You know, those moments when a “lightbulb goes off in your head.” The question “What is inspiration?” is quite an abstract one, then.

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Inspiration is, in the basic, when something clicks and makes you go. If something did not move you into action, it wasn’t necessarily inspiring. Inspiration is the beginning of a chase. Being inspired is the state of mind where everything makes sense, and anything is possible. Knowing that’s not always true, those moments are priceless to our existence.

So what is inspiration? Inspiration is, literally, anything. You can extract moments of clarity and possibility from anywhere. The key is to be looking for it. Have you ever read The Chronicles of Narnia? Or at least seen the movies? In Prince Caspian, Lucy sees the lion Aslan, but her siblings don’t believe her because they didn’t seem him too. “Why didn’t I see him?” Peter asked. “Maybe you weren’t looking,” Lucy said. That little girl was always looking for Aslan, at every moment. She was always determined to find him again.

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To find inspiration, you have to look for it. Walk around with the mindset “What idea can I get from this?”

What do you believe is inspiration? Tell me about it in the comments 🙂

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4 thoughts on “What is Inspiration?

  1. As I try to fall asleep at night I usually think of things to blog about, poems to write, or solutions to problems that stumped me earlier in the day, so that is my “normal” time of inspiration, but to define inspiration… That’s a tough one. I think it’s things that God shows us, that he commissions us to write, draw, paint, or photograph for him.

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