Inspiration is our blessed assurance from heavenly havens! It comes when we least expect it, showering us in serendipitous pleasure, guiding and directing us to our next Great Adventure.
In my childhood, inspiration found me in the pages of the books I adored or in quiet moments in the library or gazing into solitude, dreaming.
These days, the leading lady visits me outdoors, in beguiling settings, inviting me to open the floodgates to possibilities that leave me burning with passion to fearlessly brave the next vision of what I can do or be if I am still enough to welcome Inspiration into my Present Moment.
This past Saturday, the last one in July, I hiked in the breathtakingly beautiful wonderland of Sweetwater State Park located off I-20 in Atlanta, GA. It is one of 63 parks in Georgia, not including Stone Mountain and other historic sites. Sweetwater offers color-coded hiking trails and picnic spots, rock sunning, ruin visits, photographic forays, meditation stillness and boating opportunities, etc. I couldn’t help but lay out on a huge boulder in the photo below. For hours, I could have reclined there, staring up at the clouds and appreciating Mother Nature’s symphony, but my beloved friend, Gina, and I were enjoying the red and the blue and part of the yellow hiking trails.
Accompanied by a small child hiking with a tiny walking stick, a woman, who bore a striking resemblance to songbird Celine Dion, offered to snap our picture, as we began photographing one another on Gina’s cell phone. I appreciate people present enough to do such a thing unasked, although I don’t mind knocking at the door of their world to capture a moment in mine.
Parts of the Sweetwater trail reminded me of Stone Mountain, especially this path through the woods that seemed to speak of the joy of saying YES to life, YES to what’s around the next bend, YES to rising early on a Saturday morning to work the body and clear the mind.
I am grateful to the Universe for my friend Gina. She, like the lovely setting, inspires me in ways beyond her imaginings. Ever ready to embrace life and its multitudinous blessings, Gina’s life itself teaches one how to savor the sweetness of viewing life from different angles and being open to humor in the midst of the mundane.
Where and when do you tend to reap the harvest of Inspiration?