June 26


Today's Quotation:

Most of life is routine--dull and grubby, but routine is the mountain that keeps a person going.  If you wait for inspiration you'll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.

Ben Nicholas

Today's Meditation:

I like dull and grubby-- there's nothing wrong with it.  I think it's when people start to think that "there has to be more to life than this" that their own sense of dissatisfaction turns their lives into something less than they truly are.  Life doesn't become unsatisfying-- we start to see it as such, and our belief makes it so.

We have to accept the routine and work from there.  Within each day is the potential and possibility for a great deal of inspiration-- artistic and emotional and intellectual.  When we start wishing that life were more, then we stop seeing the abundance that exists here among the dullness and grubbiness of our everyday lives.

The treasure may be in the words of a friend or family member that inspire you to write a novel, a poem, or an article.  Listen carefully to everyone today-- can you hear the inspiration?

The inspiration may be in a flower or an animal or a person's face that makes you want to take a photo or draw or paint a picture.  Look carefully today-- can you see the inspiration?

Can you hear the song of the bird or the wind, and can you imagine a piece of music that would reflect what you hear?  Can you taste the wonderful flavors of something new that may inspire you to cook something new and unique?  Can you feel the texture of the tree's bark or the dog's fur or the rock's surface that inspires you to think of feeling in new ways?

All of these things are here, all day, every day.  The problem comes up when we fail to see them because we tend to get caught up in the routine and then fail to realize that within the routine lie many, many treasures, ours for the taking.

Questions to ponder:

1.  What are some of the benefits of routine?

2.  How can routine bring us down and keep us from being creative?

3.  Is inspiration something that happens or something that we make happen?

For further thought:

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison

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