“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
This week Krista has offered us an interesting challenge – to illustrate that which inspires us. It seems to me that inspiration can be found most anywhere if your mind is open to it. For example, in the peacefulness of the moonlit night shown above as calm settles over a small town…. or below, in the scent of fresh hay, rolled neatly into bales awaiting their use.
“Make hay all the time, not only while the sun shines.”
Constance Chuks Friday
Perhaps in a look at some of nature’s grandest offerings…….
“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.”
no more impressive than her simplest.
“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.”
Inspiring moments can be found while capturing nature’s smallest creatures…..
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
no less magnificent than her largest.
“There are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and until we allow all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”
Is anything more inspiring than the glory of a beautiful sunrise….
“Every day a million miracles begin at sunrise.”
Eric Jerome Dickey
except perhaps a perfect ending to the day?
“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
There is so much we can learn from one another, especially if we are open to new experiences and the differences that set us apart even as they also unite us. Inspiration can be found in rising to the challenge of a difficult task……
“All happiness depends on courage and work.”
Honore de Balzac
or in a moment of rest shared with a friend.
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
Perhaps we are inspired by simply watching the world go by….
“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”
Marilyn Vos Savant
or by the incredibly complex beauty inherent in nature’s design. The natural curve of a river meandering through fields of green….
“Mountains and rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.”
or the colors displayed in her creatures.
“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?”
The graceful curve of a horse’s back – as inspiring as
“Beauty: it curves, curves are beauty.”
the beauty of natural light and its effect on whatever it touches.
“Light is my inspiration, my paint and brush… the energy upon which all life on this planet depends.”
There is inspiration in the affection of nature’s creatures for one another …
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
and in the innocence of her most vulnerable, the world’s children.
“It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.”
To me, inspiration can be found at your feet, around the nearest corner, or on the other side of the world. It is found more readily when we make the effort to seek it and when we are open to receiving it. So where do you find your inspiration? A beautiful sunset….the touch of a loved one….the sound of laughter…the fresh start of a new day? To see how some other bloggers answered, take a moment to click here.