Today’s Inspiration

Stealing Inspiration

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.


~Jim Jarmusch

Phenomenal Friday: Failure, The Undesirable Thing That Leads To Success

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston S. Churchill

The best way to learn how to succeed is learning how to fail and accepting the fact that failure is a part of life, it’s not karma making her rounds, it doesn’t mean that you are not worthy of it or that you are worthless. Many fail because they see it as an end to their dreams. The finish line to their goals. People who learn to grow from their unsuccessful attempts surpasses those who don’t because people who fail gain wisdom along the way. They learn what works and what doesn’t, they become hardened to everything life’s challenges.

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The Power of Concentration

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The greatest faculty of all is that of imagination; but it is the least understood, due principally to the fact that most minds have remained in grooves of thought, and therefore have not given extensive attention to their own creative possibilities, the richest and most numerous of which exist in the fields of imagination. In the development of any power or talent, however, these creative possibilities must receive direct and scientific attention; and this is especially true with regard to the power of concentration. Besides, some of the functions of concentration are so closely related to those of imagination as to seem almost identical.

~Christian D. Larson

Don’t Let Negative Thoughts Occupy Your Mind!

 

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“Whatever you allow to occupy your mind you magnify in your own life. Whether the subject of your thought – be good or bad, the law works and the condition grows. Any subject that you keep out of your mind tends to diminish, because what you do not use atrophies.”  ~Emmet Fox

Wonderful Wednesday-The Ambiguity And Realities of Life

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“Take advantage of the ambiguity in the world. Look at something and think what else it might be.” ~ Roger von Oech
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Wonderful Wednesday- The Power Of Creative Thinking

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“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” ~ Yo-Yo Ma

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To Anyone Who Thinks They’re Falling Behind In Life

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You don’t need more motivation. You don’t need to be inspired to action. You don’t need to read any more lists and posts about how you’re not doing enough.

We act as if we can read enough articles and enough little Pinterest quotes and suddenly the little switch in our brain will put us into action. But, honestly, here’s the thing that nobody really talks about when it comes to success and motivation and willpower and goals and productivity and all those little buzzwords that have come into popularity: you are as you are until you’re not. You change when you want to change. You put your ideas into action in the timing that is best. That’s just how it happens.

 

And what I think we all need more than anything is this: permission to be wherever the fuck we are when we’re there.

 

You’re not a robot. You can’t just conjure up motivation when you don’t have it. Sometimes you’re going through something. Sometimes life has happened. Life! Remember life? Yeah, it teaches you things and sometimes makes you go the long way around for your biggest lessons.

 

You don’t get to control everything. You can wake up at 5 a.m. every day until you’re tired and broken, but if the words or the painting or the ideas don’t want to come to fruition, they won’t. You can show up every day to your best intentions, but if it’s not the time, it’s just not the fucking time. You need to give yourself permission to be a human being.

 

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