Everything you can imagine is real. ~ Pablo Picasso
My friend Gwynn, from Gwynn’s Grit and Grin, challenged me to the Three Day Quote Challenge. Gwynn writes one of the most humorous and thoughtful blogs around, her quotes among the best.
Since I often talk about stories, I see no better subject for my quote challenge than imagination/inspiration.
A bird pecking at the window, sunlight filtering through the trees — inspiration comes from everywhere. Sometimes it’s immediate other times slow and I don’t realize the seed has been planted.
So many things can activate the muse – shape shifting clouds, a memory awakened by smell, sounds, a spoken word.
And how wonderful that artists see the world through different eyes. Where a writer or poet sees a wilted flower, a metaphor for all that is lost, a painter sees the varying colors, textures, and lines that make the flower beautiful; is captivated by its physical miracle and paints it as such.
There is something marvelous in all things nature ~ Aristotle
Inspiration is interesting that way. Inspiration is beautiful. Every day I’m grateful that I have it in my life. Not always as much as I would like, but inspiration is here nonetheless.
Random things, sights, smells, feelings — I welcome them, let them take shape. Mold them into a story, and try to free the story from the constraints of mind and heart when I release it into the world.
Imagination, of course, needs to be acted upon, because There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you ~ Maya Angelou.
Per tradition, and in no particular order, I challenge the following friends to the Tree Day Quote Challenge:
Noelle from Saylingaway
Mary from Play off the Page
Sammy from Bemuzin
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