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Discussing Inspiration: inspirational people

This is the second piece on ‘inspiration‘, written by my New Zealand friend Io. To her, inspirational people are the heart and soul of her creative flow. Very happy to share this beautiful piece with you.


“Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.” — Ellen DeGeneres

Sometimes I sit, and I let the memories of my life flash before my eyes like one of those flick books, with the pages rushing past in a whirl, joining singular images or memories to create a moving picture in my mind.

It is always interesting to me what, who or where stands out in these reviews. Flashes of green, memories of waves, smells, sounds, feelings. And people, friends, family, foes.

These meditative moments are always inspiring, expanding my unconscious into bursts of creativity. Thoughts move into form and life becomes art, the desire to create something beautiful from what I see in my mind’s eye.

And more often than not, I find that it is people who inspire me the most.

Inspiration by seeing yourself through the eyes of the other

The uniqueness of individuals never ceases to give me cause for contemplation and encourage me into creative flow, for through the gift of interaction, I can see myself through the eyes of the other.

I feel encouraged to expand, to be better than I am, to sit down and write, to create nutritious food, to do things outside of my ordinary routine. To challenge myself to reach a little bit further and dig a little bit deeper into my own self, so that I might know myself better.

For I believe that there is no more noble pursuit than knowledge of self.

We can be anything we want to be, and it is through relationship that we learn the most about ourselves. Through the eyes of others, we can perceive our strengths and our weaknesses. If we dare. It is our choice whether to perceive this reflection as inspiration for betterment, to take responsibility for ourselves, or to view this as something entirely different.

Here is to my inspirational people. My heart swells with gratitude for the gifts I’ve been given from them.


What is your source of inspiration? Is it people or places that bring out your creativity or is it something completely different? Join the conversation in the comments or get in touch here.


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Beautiful photo by  Drew Graham on Unsplash. Thank you!

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