I once dated a guy who was colorblind. He once told me,
"Saunya, you are exactly what I envision color to be like..."
Intense right? Yeah, it gave me all kind of feels too lol.
But inside, I secretly hurt for him. I could not for the life of me imagine a world without color. I mean, could you?
Think about it.
All the beautiful hues in the sky and sunsets, the many beautiful shades of flowers, the crystal blues of all the lakes and oceans... I couldn't imagine not being able to experience any of that. And as unbelievable as it seems, there are thousands of people living every day without the ability to see color. This one small ability that makes a world of a difference in how we see things, is something so many of us take for granted.
Just take a moment and imagine your life without it…
When I think about not being able to see and experience the beautiful colors of this world, (not that I could possibly imagine what that would be like), I immediately compare that to what it may feel like to live life without inspiration; not allowing myself to feel, to be moved, to be touched by what’s happening around me.
My Dad once told me,
“Your joy is magnified by the ability God gave you to care…”
When I first read these words he wrote to me, I didn’t get it.
But now, a few years later, I understand.
I recently have been thinking a lot about what would my life be like if I didn’t allow myself to be inspired; to feel. I probably wouldn’t even be writing this post right now…I probably wouldn’t even have created this blog.
Inspiration isn’t this big A-HA moment that you wait for, it is taking the apathy and mundaneness out of your day by opening your eyes and your senses and being present.
It’s taking full advantage of all the physical senses that God has given us and being intentional about finding enjoyment and purpose in the situation the He has placed us in.
When I do this, life becomes a dream! Everything becomes alive. Life turns into this beautiful ride that continually fulfills me. Everything has meaning!
I want to share an excerpt from a book I recently read. The main character was experiencing her first time at an orchestra. Her reaction to what she felt left me breathless. It is the most accurate depiction I've read of what it feels like to be present, allowing inspiration to fill oneself.
“The conductor stepped up, tapped twice on the rostrum, and a great hush descended. I felt the stillness, the auditorium alive, expectant. Then he brought down his baton and suddenly everything was pure sound. I felt the music like a physical thing; it didn’t just sit in my ears, it flowed through me, around me, made my senses vibrate. It made my skin prickle and my palms dampen…It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. And it made my imagination do unexpected things; as I sat there, I found myself thinking of things I hadn’t thought of for years, old emotions washing over me, new thoughts and ideas being pulled from me as if my perception itself were being stretched out of shape. It was almost too much, but I didn’t want it to stop.” - Jojo Moyes, Me Before You
Wow. Makes you wish you were there right?
Inspiration is my life’s color.
I have to choose to be inspired. Whether it’s by words from friends, a book, or watching an elderly man help his wife get into their car. Inspiration is everywhere.
And if you want to begin living a full and inspired life, it is totally up to you.