Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Inspiration and exhaustion

 "Where does your inspiration come from?" she asked.

I get asked that a lot.

"Everywhere!" I told my new friend. "Inspiration is all around us. Just take a quick walk and open your eyes and you will awaken more ideas than you can use up in a month!"

But that was before exhaustion hit me, and dried up my creativity.


 It's modern society's big killer of creativity and confidence.
And I've been dealing with it.

After running day and night and coping with a number of unavoidable crises, I found myself bone tired, utterly exhausted.

And I am so very, very grateful to have been forced to learn from it.

The answer is REST
(and yes, you really can climb off the merry-go-round of busy-ness. You can stop.)

Sometimes we have to stop. 
For plenty of sleep, 
for allowing ourselves not to be productive all the time,
for long hours of quiet without guilt.

Let's admit it: it's hard to stop.  
But I am so grateful I was forced to rest.

I am finally recharged and rested.

Ideas have flooded back.
Creativity is surging again like a river of joy.

The first hints of spring are emerging in our little valley and with them a fresh wave of joyful inspiration is filling my heart and studio!

If you are feeling sucked dry, bone tired... if you are feeling exhausted and wishing the creative fountain would flow freely again, gift yourself with grace and simply stop. Rest. Wait patiently as long as it takes for your body and spirit to be revived.

You'll love what happens when the exhaustion subsides and a short walk again brings more creativity than you can handle.

Where does inspiration come from?

A rested place that enables you to look around you and enjoy the world around you.


Come Away With Me said...

I love how the reflection of the paper cutout silhouette reflects on your T-shirt; at first glance I thought it was printed on your shirt - a new creative idea? How cool, I thought, she's got her designs on clothing now!

Sharyn Sowell said...

The shadow was a complete happy accident. I WOULD love to do clothing and in fact have thought about doing some silk screening myself! Thanks for your comment.

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Sharyn - very wise post - so glad you got rested and inspired again. Sometimes we just have to take time to stop and refuel - so to speak. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.