Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, May 23, 2011

What Inspires You?

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What gives you your best inspiration? When you’re just “down” or having a blue day, can’t get the body to start moving, what helps you get going? If you’re a writer and you just can’t get any words to appear on the screen or paper, where do you go for a quick fix for the mental block against your creativity?

Lots of folks have pets that give them pick-me-ups; pets are the ultimate in unconditional love and attention. Others feel better equipped for the day when they listen to their choice of music. Still others take a break, fix their favorite coffee or tea and simply relax and that revs up their motor for whatever they need to accomplish.

I don’t have a cat like some do that sit with them when they’re writing or reading or whatever keeps them busy. I don’t have a dog anymore. Our 14 year old Cocker Spaniel died in 2008 and as much as I enjoyed her, I’ve chosen not to replace her—the pain of losing her is too great to go through that ever again. Maybe I should try a fish tank. Did that when the children were young, but guess who did  all the tank cleaning, feeding, and isolating  the babies the mama Molly fish had so she wouldn’t eat them? Me. So, don’t want to do that again. That pretty much eliminates a pet for my inspiration.

I do have a photo sitting on my desk close to my laptop, which I love to look at. I call it inspiration or it could easily take me down a yellow brick road and I’d forget what I was trying to do. The picture? I took it from a sixth floor balcony at the beach at sunrise. The dark turquoise of the water meets the horizon of the morning sky just as the sun begins to peak above the water. A narrow line of pink stretches from either side of the sun as the sky begins to lighten. The sea is calm, the water gently lapping onto the sand, receding, then quietly moving toward the sand again.

Even the air was tranquil at the early hour when I snapped the photo. Quietness surrounded me on the balcony. Nobody was walking on the sand, nobody playing volleyball, nobody splashing in the pool. Just peaceful. Looking at the photo I can get myself to a peaceful place, a place where nothing disturbs, a place where everything is okay. I’m okay and prepared for whatever.

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
--Ella Fitzgerald

What inspires you?

Till next time … keep on smiling.

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