14 April 2009

Cynthia Got Me Thinking....


As she is wont to do, Cynthia's response to my post looking for "UNUSUAL source[s] of creativity, great ideas, awesomesauce, and general bad-assed-ness" got me thinking:
Where do you find inspiration in your daily life?
We all spend a lot of time on our careers, on our organizations, online, on social media, on on on on on.

What happens when (hopefully not "if") you unplug? Where do you turn to renew your creative juices, your love for what you do? What do you do to "live large," as Cynthia advised?

For myself, I ran consistently for about 12 1/2 years. Running provided a great outlet for me, and gave me time to think and let ideas percolate. This past fall, I realized that my body was not nearly as happy running any more as it used to be. So I opted to take a break, which I'm still on, at least as of this writing. I'm doing other stuff - yoga, dance classes, long walks, etc. - that seems to make my physical self happier at this point, but so far I haven't found a replacement that provides the same level of mental clarity I enjoyed from running. So I'm still searching there.

Other things that recharge my batteries?
  • Music, particularly live jazz.
  • Spending face to face time with my posse of non-association peeps.
  • Spending face to face time with my posse of association peeps.
  • Travel, to places both familiar and deeply unfamiliar.
  • Live theater.
  • Tarot. (No, I don't think it's some sort of Higher Being From The Great Beyond speaking to me through the cards. I *do* think it's a good way to access what's going on in the subconscious.)
  • Really pretty stuff in nature, like the image above of the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin here in DC.
What inspires you?

Image credit: BlissTree


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3 comments:

David M. Patt, CAE said...

It takes awhile to get used to not running. I used to think that walkers were wimps, but now I enjoy long walks, too, although they take a lot longer than long runs.

Oh, those knees!

Deirdre Reid said...

Not the most inspirational place, but I come up with ideas often in the shower, or while dozing off at night in bed. Places where I'm in "the zone" -- hiking, on my exercise bike (real cycling seems to require too much focus), long-distance highway driving, and chopping vegetables.

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

Deirdre - like the bit about chopping vegetables. Sounds very Zen.