Inspiration Rocks

March 19, 2011 at 8:52 PM Leave a comment

Well, many of you will read the title of this post and assume I am just saying that inspiration rocks. While this is true, inspiration does indeed rock, that is not what I am conveying in my title. Or at least, it is not what I am trying to convey. Imagine for a moment a world all your own, constructed of lots of rocks. Each rock has a purpose in your life. Some rocks are set in your path to make you stop and think, some rocks come tumbling down great big hills to make you run faster, some rocks seem to land right on top of you and squish everything out of you so you can be filled with new life. Some rocks can be used to build a unique combination of rocks, or a dwelling place.

Where do you dwell?


Do you dwell in love? Anger? Confusion? Worry? Doubt? Dreams? Joy? Patience? Greed?

What about inspiration? I want to LIVE in inspiration. I want to soak it up like Bounty-Quicker-Picker-Upper. πŸ˜‰

I feel so liberated when I become inspired, truly and deeply inspired. I have found that in my life some things inspire me more than others, and some people have really started inspiring me lately. Sometimes there are people who know just what will inspire me and they give me an inspiration rock. They carry this rock around with them until they can give it to me.

I have so much gratitude for everyone who has ever carried around an inspiration rock to give me. Even if they don’t know they were carrying it for me, I think they were. Maybe that is because I am self-centered… πŸ˜› Well, at least I am honest.

Other times I don’t always see these pesky little devils, and I find myself stumbling on an inspiration rock. This can leave me slightly disoriented, and unsure of which way to go, but I end up rolling (and rocking) with it until I end up somewhere fabulous and the inspiration just flows right on out.

The “inspiration rock” for this blog was loaned to me by a dear friend, and it is also called The Bodacious Book of Succulence by SARK.

OH if ever a book were meant for me, I think it is this one (the same thing I say about most books I read, if I were to be totally honest with you). I’ve only made it to page 29 and already my head is reeling with ideas and laughter and self-love. When this happens I just want to spread the ideas, laughter, and love around. Like butter- I really, really like butter. The only thing that spreads easier than butter is honest inspiration (or horrible gossip, but we’re trying to stay positive here)!

This phone line consistently presents the miracles of our collective unconscious and how connected we all are. It’s so full of serendipity!
One woman said, “I call to get the love. Sometimes they are the kindest words I hear all day.”
The messages contain my love, which I will continually share, even though I don’t “know” the callers. Aren’t we funny to wait to show love until we “know” another– as if we ever can?
The messages I receive are almost all warm, funny, or positive– I especially appreciate people’s sadnesses or tears– these are gifts of the soul, and certainly inspirational. Inspiration is not only positive.
We are all so indelibly connected.

There are so many things that I love about the above excerpt.

Why is it that we wait to share the love that is overflowing inside of us with people until we “know” them? Are we nervous? Scared? Afraid that it will seem weird? Have we been rejected that many times that we really have to stop and think before offering up this piece of ourselves?

Another thing I love about that section of the book is how she openly says that not all inspiration is positive. HALLELUJAH! Finally, those are the magic words I have been needing. I know that I draw inspiration from many things, hardships and pain included. What I loved about that was how connected it made me feel to the author. Inspiration is not only positive. I always feel like I don’t inspire enough people who inspire me, because all I seem to do is talk about struggles or frustrations. Maybe one of my crazy ranting stories left somebody feeling inspired.

I cannot wait to absorb this book– although I don’t plan on sleeping with it under my head at work. πŸ˜‰

Live succulent lives! And pick up this book.

(It would be even more rockin’ if my rock illustrations actually looked like rocks instead of Jell-O)

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

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