When we’re searching for inspiration, we can search high and low and easily overlook what’s already nearby. Change is all around us and often presented as an issue to overcome or a challenge to be tackled. Yet within change, there’s a wonderful opportunity to become motivated. Like all those seasons, spring is all about change. It brings new adventures following the depths of winter: snowdrops clustered bravely in verges and tucked beneath hedges; hazel catkins open and filled with pollen and birds singing louder A lot of men and women find this freshness and the increasing signs of life to be quite inspiring.
Therefore, spring is fresh but additionally, it is recognizable; twelve months before we lived through a prior spring. We know what is very likely to follow, so we can also be motivated by the expectation of even greater things to come. In addition to re-connecting with the seasons as they reappear annually, we could re-connect with earlier passions in our own lives. There’s a guy who lives in Darjeeling, high in the hills of.
He’s a father of a small family and several years ago he took a job on the railroad which he still holds to provide for his wife and kids. However, his real passion was playing the harmonica; he adored the classic Nepalese tunes. Since he had the time he wished to dedicate his music, his excitement almost died. On the other hand, the eldest son also has a gift for music. When he was young, his dad bought him a keyboard and invited him to develop his talent.
Now the son is in a group and submitting video promotions to media firms. The best bit is that through the son’s emerging success, the dad has re-ignited his own fire and now plays harmonica whenever he can. A similar experience of my own was triggered by a TV program about the craft of working with green wood (timber freshly cut from the tree). For the entire hour, I was totally drawn in, almost as though the program was made just for me! Much of the content was new but it connected with something recognizable also.
I’ve always loved trees and making things with wood, even though the wood itself comes in the DIY shop. But when I think back, I did once split a spoon from a bit of freshly cut lime. Then there was the bird table I created from woven birch trimmings. When I pruned the holly tree, there was a tiny voice asking me what could I create from the logs? There’s something alluring about using skills that are grounded in such natural simplicity.
All three examples – the springtime, the railwayman and the green woodwork – are about getting inspired through change. In every case, the shift is all about re-connecting with something valuable. In the past, the majority of us have had excitement and delight specifically interests, hobbies, passions or callings that, for a whole heap of reasons, become submerged under everyday living. Sometimes we’re conscious of this and assure ourselves that’one day’ we will go back to them. More frequently, the submerging happens unconsciously and the ache of this lack is the only sign. So there’s a rich mine for opportunities to be motivated – you can re-connect with everything you knew was important. Ask yourself the following questions and see what comes to light: 2. What did you promise yourself that you’d go back to? 3. What fire lies sleeping that needs to alert? Listen to the part of you who already knows the answers!