to provide the embers of creativity – to educate – to reflect – to ACT
What inspires us?? Art, beauty, the lives of those who have gone before us…FAITH
inspire us to believe, to hope, to act…
Have you ever been up against it and suddenly a scene from a movie flashes across your mind? This happens often to me – scenes like Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire, “God made me fast for a reason. When I run, I feel His pleasure..” or after Harold Abrahams loses to Liddell, he lashes out at Sybil, “I don’t run to take beatings!” But she responds: “If you don’t run, you can’t win!” Or there’s Donald Sutherland – Oddball – in Kelly’s Heroes: “don’t hit me with them negative waves…” Or there’s Mel Gibson in the Patriot waving the flag – “stay the course..” or that last breath in Braveheart :FREEDOM…
Or you see a great movie about someone who did something amazing (like William Wilberforce & the abolition of the slave trade in Amazing Grace) and it inspires you to look around at the current injustices of our day… (Human Trafficking comes to mind).. and do something.
Books (good ones anyway) have a way of staying around in our minds & hearts …they can also inspire us to learn more, do more, be more of who we’re meant to be and what we’re meant to do. Sometimes there just lots of fun – a way to add hilarity in our daily lives or lift our spirits when challenges loom too heavily upon us. (My tattered Calvin & Hobbs collection has weathered several international conflict zones…along with the Far Side!)
Then, there’s MUSIC that inspires our beings to soar…lifts our spirits joyfully.. helps set a reflective mood, or works out our frustrations with a good exercise/dance groove.
So….I’m starting this blog to share views & reviews of what has inspired ME, in the hopes that maybe these books, movies, music & more might inspire YOU.
grace, peace & INSPIRATION – Virginia