Be Willing to Play as If You Make a Difference

“Contributing is indelicate. You take a risk when you are willing to play as if you make a difference, as if your life makes a difference, as if life itself makes a difference. At that level the game gets fast, difficult, and even a little dangerous. Thank you for your willingness to engage with the issues before you, for being willing to make mistakes and not be stopped by any of it. It takes real heart and courage and commitment to make your vision a reality. Thank you for being that big.”

— Werner Erhard

Via FB 

Work Towards Inspiration

I recently asked on G+ “How do you get inspired”.

In return, I was asked how I myself get inspired.

I love this question.

I often have times when I “get” inspired.

More often that not though, I work toward inspiration.

This is a concept that I once read about in a book during my web designing days by Hillman Curtis, titled, “MTIV” or “Making the Invisible Visible”.

In it, he presented an idea that instead of waiting for inspiration to strike, another option is to work towards inspiration, actively seeking and exploring in order to become inspired. Inspiration is viewed then more as a process rather than something to grasp hold of and own.

He of course explains it far more eloquently that I do. Although the subject matter is around web design, the concept and process can be used for all creatives.

Ways I work towards inspiration include:

For Writing:

  • Make Tea / Drink tea
  • Go for a walk
  • Head into a town or city
  • People watch
  • Go somewhere new
  • Keep my eyes open
  • Listen to music – especially orchestral movie soundtracks
  • Being in nature
  • Turn on the computer
  • Write simple words
  • Read a few select other blogs (Ev / Gwen / Seth / Leo)
  • Read new books and ideas
  • Browse my G+ follow list and peruse other converstaions and blog postings.

For Music Production:

  • Open iTunes
  • Turn on shuffle
  • Skip through until I hear a song I haven’t heard in a while
  • Skip through until I hear a sample that gives me an idea
  • Start making music

I often do not have the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike, or waiting until I “feel” inspired. I simply sit down and start doing the work, working towards inspiration, one small step at a time.

Honestly, sometimes working toward inspiration is a full on war. Read Steven Pressfield’s  “War of art” for more on this. Once I get going however, inspiration soon shows up and graces me with her presence.

How do you work towards inspiration?

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Everyday Beauty

A couple of days ago I went for a wander into the city and came across this playful water fountain.

I snapped a quick shot.

I love how the water is suspended in time.

Simple beauty.

It reminded me to keep my eyes open and really take note of my surroundings.

Breathe and relax.

I find extraordinary in the ordinary. Look closer.

Sweet Music

I cannot seem to watch TV these days.

My brain just isn’t interested and I lose patience quickly. It might be something to do with all the ads.

The few exceptions are: a good movie, nature / planet earth type programs and the odd cooking show.

I prefer to listen to music, read and write.

Right now I am writing to you whilst listening to some chilled tunes. Calm and easy.

I love how music can change my mood in an instant and even trigger happy memories.

What are you listening to?

Roaring Fires

The temperature is dropping in the UK right now. Perfect weather for building a fire in the grate and cosy-ing up on the sofa.

There is something primal and soothing about a fire.

Crackle. Hiss. Pop.

Somehow it makes it so very easy to relax and unwind.

I become absorbed in the present moment.

I love the warmth and glow that radiates out into the room.

Troubles and time melt away.

Zzzzzzzzzzz.