Passionate Colors Newsletter ~#71 ~ Inspiration Cracking Creativity

"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." ~ Ella Fitzgerald

Daily Celebrations

Inspiration usually comes early in the day for me. With coffee and sunrise and passion. I like rising early. I like the clarity of thought that seems to come to me with daylight. And of course, creating Daily Celebrations is my ongoing project of love, so Ms. Ella Fitzgerald is right. All it takes is tenacity, love, and inspiration.

How can you go wrong?

"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." ~ Jack London

This Is Your Life, Not A Dress Rehearsal

Inspiration does not always flow easily. Inventor Thomas Edison was right when he called genius "One percent inspiration and 99% perspiration." I think the trick is there is no trick. You can stay put and keep working it (with that Jack London club) even if you think there is no idea or inspiration there. Massage and keep working with it and watch the ideas rise.

Or, you can put it on the side. Take a bath, take a walk, or fold some clothes. All three have worked for me. I fold a mean T-shirt and often as I'm tucking the sleeves and folding shirts in three neat increments, an inspiration pops. Voila!

"Listen to the voices," Noble Prize writer William Faulkner said. I've found that often the "voices" of inspiration will come when you don't try so hard. They'll also come when you passionately listen.

"There are times when Life surprises one, and anything might happen, even what one had hoped for." ~ Ellen Glasgow

Gift of Story A couple years ago I made a welcome wreath for my front door. It's a bit faded, but a testiment to my creative crafting skills and desire to welcome visitors with aloha. Last month, I noticed a bird had built a nest amid the ribbons, silk flowers, and fabric leaves.

Fascinated, I watched the daily progress of the bird and its nest. The eggs, like little white jordan almonds appeared. Then the day before Easter, five chicks hatched: tiny, ugly, fragile furballs. Today, as I write this, those birds are chirping their celebration of life at my front door. What a glorious, unexpected inspiration!

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Here's wishing you a melody for your heart to inspire your spirit... Have a great week...