Good Morning Sunshine! Where does inspiration come from?

This is my first self-portrait, an exercise for my degree program. To do it I had to think about who I felt I was. For me, mountains are things to overcome. They are majestic, powerful, beautiful, and they are climbed despite the rigor to make it to the top. I have always felt I had roots in the earth, and yet I belong to the sky. Sometimes these roots get forgotten. But My heart, my head never forgets. I dance my dance and find joy in it. I am all that I am! I love trees, even sage wise trees are beautiful. Life is worth living, hope worth having. Be one with the world. This is a place for learning.

I found the following about inspiration. I love finding words and focusing on their full meanings. To be told I have been inspiring makes me curious about what it means to be inspiring. So what have I learned about the word inspire?

Perhaps this blog will inspire and give others a foundation for their own efforts to be inspirational. I think I thought of being inspirational as being an example for others. I thought some on leadership, and how to affect others, even pass on things I value. We do affect others we connect to. This is a great responsibility. We are like ripples in a pond.

“The word ‘inspiration’ ultimately derives from the Greek for ‘God-breathed’ or ‘divinely breathed into’. In Greek myth, inspiration is a gift of the muses, the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (‘ Memory ’), though it can also come from Apollo (Apollon Mousagetēs, ‘Apollo Muse- leader ’), Dionysus (god of wine), or Aphrodite (goddess of love).

Inspiration itself is also “good for our general well-being. It can increase feelings of gratitude and appreciation, lift our mood, and provide us with a heightened sense of purpose.”

In looking back I think of the things that have inspired me, and then I think of the times I have lived through that have inspired us all. Like the glorious, hopeful song, “I’d like to teach the world to sing.”

I’d like to teach the world to sing.

I’d like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves

I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company

I’d like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land
(That’s the song I hear)

I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony

I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony

I’d like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves

I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company

I’d like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land
(That’s the song I hear)

I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony

I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony

I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony, that’s the song I hear

This song inspired me way back then, as have other things since. Joyce Hifler, the thing that inspires me more is the goodness I find in other people! If we observe other loving people there is an inspiration in each and every one!

We must be proactive at this time, and in being this way, we can be inspiring to each other. All things begin when we ask and answer: Who? What? When? Where” And How? Ideas start spiraling forward. Artists, writers, poets are vital to changing the world. Not that others are not inspiring. I am just focusing on these groups because they can be a part of the healing process of the world. I think that the importance of these groups has been underestimated, yet they prove themselves repeatedly to improve life. They facilitate and say things others do not or can not. Art and writing influence. Don’t let others silence the impact of art and writing. To do these well we are involved with living life, we observe, we know what it is to be human____in all ways! We are not vulnerable only by choices we make___ we can change those choices, and impact by a gentle process where we teach without people knowing they are being taught or by the iron hammer?_____ People do not change until they see a need to change. What we learn through our senses and accept brings change to us. It is up to us to inspire others because we all affect one another. We do not need to be martyrs in living life, just good human examples through what we accept as good and right. We all want the same basic things out of life.

I think inspiration comes from seeing and hearing good things others do and wanting to do the same ones own way.

By Pejj Nunes

I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is https://www.anisettestudios.com/ Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.” Best wishes to all! Have good times and keep safe! Pejj

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