Saturday, February 23, 2008
Noon today, from the patio...
Okay, that's my take - my friends who ski or board are already smiling and they will be racing along in brilliant warm sun today. Our ski hill is about 45 minute out of town - those of you who ski should look at these photos of Whitewater. I'll take reservations!
Okay, a question for you. Everything that begins, has an ending. Everything with a birth has a death. (That's just to set the oh-so-serious stage for the question...)
Now the question: Where do you find inspiration or motivation in your life?
Can I think about it?
I do have a question for you tho, have you ever written about your monastic experience?
I am intensely curious.
Why did you end up there, what did you learn and why did you leave, and how did you adjust back into the "world"?
Do you ever want to go back, what are the big differences that you feel about your life "here" and your life "there", and what is the political climate like "inside"?
Can you leave? Are there secrets and legacies?
See told ya, I am VERY curious...!
Please don't fell compelled, just cause I asked does not indicate answers...it IS a lot of questions... just wondering.
I will give your question some thought and I will try to write about it on navelgazingagain.
I had to come check out your place after your visit to mine.
It looks like you live in heaven! I've only been to B.C. once and I really liked it.
I find inspiration EVERYWHERE! Nature, the human spirit, music, learning new things...
Regarding monasteries - I will be staying at one for a week next month. A week of mostly silence. Looking forward to that!
I get it from two sources. One is this, that if I can be quiet within myself and thus be able to embrace a new task, I will do so with enthusiasm. The other one is pressure.
Give me a deadline and I will work it out. Enthusiasm and inspiration created by force.
I'll give you an example of "forced" inspiration.
My daughter does a fund raising thing for her senior class trip. So there is this "art-auction" for a fund raiser.
What the heck am I supposed to do?
So tomorrow I will take my chain saw and pre-carve a maple sculpture for the auction. "Inspiration" will be part of it.
Where will it come from? I don't know!
I know your question about "inspiration" was placed differently, but Gary - the search will go on.
Thanks for visiting Carol - do you find inspiration in things that are more challenging too? How do you relate to pain and injustice for example. Just wondering... because you seem so positive and clear.
Vee - as the animal lover that you are, that makes good sense.
Zee - I agree, much of my motivation comes from things required of me... then I find inspiration as I tackle them.
Scarlet - me too. I find beauty in many creative forms... and that moves me. I also find it in children.
I suppose the honest answer would be:
Wherever I can get it
although the answer:
At most unexpected junctures
would be equally accurate.
You ask the hard questions! Thank you!
I'm clear on the fact that I'm not positive and clear - but working on the clarity part. Not worried about the positive part.
Yes, pain and injustice have definitely been known to inspire me. I'm learning to let them change and deepen me instead of feeling I need to always react to them. Things are much more peaceful that way!
Your comment on my blog made me chuckle. --Thanks for not telling my mom! =)
Carol, I understand your work is around peace and communications (a la Rosenberg). I admire that work.
Susan. That's a powerful word, I assume you mean that discontent drives you to feel, think and act?
Sarah - nice to have you visiting... and you have the best shoes on my blog - for sure! I'm pleased that your mom is doing well.
Gaa... of course, I've heard of wine having a great nose, but I never pondered the DNA...
I really have to come to Canada.
I think in America, our flowers have pistols. That's why we have such a big gun lobby.
So see, Gary. I get my inspiration from YOU. I would never have known these things without your...
a carpenter friend likes to say "beauty is a product of function"... i've forgotten who he's quoting. for me that is very true.
Susan - very practical view.
Sarah - your shoes are becoming inspiring.
Seraphine - that is an interesting comment. I think I'm flattered but I wonder if you've been getting inspiration from one of our local plants :)
Grannyfiddler - wow! That is a lot of your life in one comment. I think you're saying something similar to Susan - that need leads to motivation... and inspiration flows.
Nova - I like the image of you finding that piece of paper and pondering... In NYC there is no need to wait long for the random intersting thing (in my experience).
I am eternally interested in the human condition, and in alternative experiences.
How is it that we can be so the SAME and yet as a race, be SO different...
It began when I was arond 16 and realized that there was more to life than small town and living at home on the farm...(read sensory/social deprivation fo 16 years)
Plus I am also intrigued by any spititual choice that leads off the beaten path...I know there are many many ways to live and I am interesed in all of them.
I hope my questions are not too personal.
I guess I just answered YOUR question, I am motivated by gaining a deeper understanding of the world around me, hence the travel and the expat postings I guess...also deeply motivated by experiencing visual beauty...it is like a drug for me.
Everyone else is welcome too! =)
Sarah - that video is fun. The story must be interesting too.
as for the "story," yeah, i'm working on that. like i said, that's for another blog ... in like 40 years. =)
Sarah - "Yes ma'am! I'll get on it right away. Please don't put me on Fox News."
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