Inspiration & Motivation
noun \ˌin(t)-spə-ˈrā-shən, -(ˌ)spi-\
: something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone
: the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something : the act or process of motivating someone
Writing requires a spark–something that sets the writer off into a place that others can’t, or won’t, go. Writers are inspired to put into words what others choose to only give a passing thought or even simply ignore. A message, a fact, a dream.
For me, inspiration and motivation are incredibly different. I find inspiration in the human spirit. I seek to spread stories of encouragement. We all face our own challenges, and I strongly feel that we all need to hear the personal victories of others so that we may know that overcoming those challenges is indeed possible. My motivation is my family. My grandparents, my parents, my sister, my husband, my children…those who love and believe in me, and who I wish to leave a legacy of and to.
And sometimes inspiration and motivation can be as simple as a quote on a coffee mug read while standing in a Starbucks line, laptop on my shoulder and mind searching for that spark:
“Fresh-brewed inspiration for the day ahead.”
I start everyday as most of you–with a cup of coffee. I love the warm mug in my hands, the steam on my face, the aroma of fresh ground beans floating in the air. It triggers my senses and awakens my mind. Yes, the caffeine helps! But it’s the tradition of the act that is most important to me. Those few moments at the beginning of my day force my usually busy mind and body to stop for a few moments to take it in–the coffee and the morning. And in those still moments I have the opportunity to gather my thoughts for the day ahead. To find my inspiration and motivation.
Your inspiration and motivation is all around you. The two may not always come together. You may already have your inspiration, but need your motivation. Or perhaps you are motivated, but need to be inspired. Be still in the chaos of life and allow it to find you.