I’ve been struggling with a secret lately. It’s something I had preferred not to share with the world, but if there is something I’ve learned in life, it is usually the things we don’t want others to know that become the most important to share.
So here it is: I have been struggling to find inspiration lately. I know, I know, the optimist in me should find something to say about each and every day, but I will admit even the optimist has a slow day every now and then. Add to that the dreary days in our area, and you have yourself a recipe for optimistic disaster.
But I refuse to see it as anything other than an opportunity for growth, so I believe in Sarah Ban Breathnach’s words in Simple Abundance. “A generous heart, a spontaneous smile, and eyes that sparkle with delight can be part of a (person’s) signature look once she awakens to his or her authentic beauty.”
I wouldn’t disagree with the importance of authentic beauty, but I would break it down to include valuable and unparalleled sense of self-understanding.
I know self-understanding and authentic beauty aren’t easily obtained. Quite the contrary, in fact, to the point where I would argue society brings the very definition of authentic beauty into question. Regardless, I have found that authentic beauty (or beauty of the soul as I call it) is worth the journey of self-understanding that leads you there. And so I come full circle and in doing so agree that full disclosure is best practice in blogging.
I wouldn’t call it writer’s block because my head is constantly budding with words my heart is dying to say. My generous heart finds hope in the spontaneous moments of inspiration, but when there is no inspiration, there is room for improvement. Room for growth. How else do baby eagles learn to fly? They don’t soar beautifully out of the gate. It takes time and practice and patience. In the meantime, I’ll take these dreary days as a reminder to keep the eyes of my heart focused on the sky until I’m ready to fly again.
It’s so hard when we struggle with inspiration, isn’t it? Seems like it should have to smack you upside the head every day! 🙂 Oh well, if not, it’s ok to skip a day!!
I sure wish inspiration could smack me in the head sometimes. If I’m going to make it to my goal of blogging every day for a whole year, I need a good smack every now and then. 🙂
Well, you came up with a lovely post without external stimulus Wiley, we’re impressed.
Aw, well thank you. I actually cheated a little and just updated it a little bit. Time to turn the page, as they say. 🙂
Authentic beauty; what an inspiration…! 😉
Aw, thanks Carolyn!!! Good to see you again! 🙂
While you’re struggling to find inspiration, you’re out there inspiring us! How do you do it, Wiley?
Love and licks,
Wow, what a high bit of praise that is my dear Cupcake! High paw to you my friend!
*hugs* oh sweetie I’m glad I’m not the only one. Thankfully I’ve been inspired to feature many of the pet blogs I read daily. Would you be interested in being interviewed and sharing why you blog?
This comment made me smile. I’m glad I’M not the only one. 🙂 I would love the opportunity to be interviewed! Any chance to share my messages of joy with the world is mine for the taking! 🙂
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We all have issues with writer’s block from time to time. How do you beat yours?