Inspire: to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence.
An archaic definition would be “to breathe life into.”
What breathes life into you?
You’ve probably guessed by now that I’m inspired by things that are beautiful. For me, things that are aesthetically beautiful inspire me to cultivate skills that will allow me to contribute to that beauty. A wonderful picture inspires playing music just as much as a wonderful sonata does. A breathtaking song inspires acting even more than an actor does. A scenic landscape — or cityscape — inspires writing as much as any of Shakespeare’s sonnets do.
What or who inspires you? (The greatest inspiration is that of our Creator.)
Where or when are you inspired?
And to what are you inspired? (Most of the things I mentioned above are abstract/artistic inspiration, but it must be said that art doesn’t just inspire more art. It can inspire action, emotion, determination, or anything else.)
I’ve found that sometimes things that I see or hear inspire something that I can’t identify. Maybe it’s a renewed passion for life. Maybe it’s a feeling of creativity. Maybe it’s a sense of well-being, or a sense of a need that I didn’t know I had, or the sense of a need being met in a way I didn’t recognize.
Share your inspiration … or if you don’t have any, find some. Here is some of mine.