Getting inspired starts with a kind of awakening. This happens when we encounter something that wakes us from sleepwalking through the day and jolts us into a wonderfully creative and enlivening space.
When looking for inspiration, one place to go is a book. Books can awaken us for all sorts of reasons.
It’s likely that you’ll have a favourite – it’ll have a special place in your heart. Maybe it’s a story that speaks strongly to you or it’s a particular passage or poem that stirs the soul. Perhaps the beauty of the language captures your imagination or the author opens your eyes to thrilling possibilities.
I have my favourites. If I want to be uplifted, I go to Thomas Hardy’s poem ‘The Darkling Thrush’. It replaces despondency with exquisite hope – it does it for me every time! There are other writings I know that act like reminders – they bring me back to my true self.
The point is that we have all read inspiring books. So how about sharing a title? Think of all the other inspiration-seekers who are reading this post – they would like to know your favourite so they could try it for themselves. So I invite you to name your most inspiring book – just post a comment below.
To kick off, here’s my suggestion. I love ‘Crossing the Unknown Sea’ by David Whyte. The metaphor in the title refers to the author’s adventures on the way to his eventual discovery of his true vocation. It’s beautifully written – David is a poet first and foremost – and every page seems to talk to me personally.
So, what’s your favourite? Just pop a comment below. Between us we could build quite a list!!