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The Eight Elements of Inspiration – Reimagination

There is nothing I should care more to do…than to ROUSE the imagination of men and women to a vision of human claims in those races of their fellow-men who most differ from them in customs and beliefs.

- George Eliot

When we think of inspiration, reimagination is often at the heart. When we are inspired, we see the world anew, as  if a burning brand has revealed possibilities that before lay hidden in the shadows. “Yes!”, we find ourselves saying, “I see how things can be different now!”

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The Eight Elements of Inspiration – Purpose

It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are ROUSED by the assurance that we are doing our duty.

- Walter Scott

If you observe the happiest, most effective, most energetic people, you will invariably find they have given themselves over to a higher cause. We want to feel part of something bigger than ourselves, something important, as if we’re on a quest and that our contribution matters. On the flip side, when our lives feel devoid of meaning, directionless, pointless, we begin to drift. I know I am never less happy than when I can’t see any point in what I’m doing, can’t see how it fits into a grander narrative. In short, human beings seek purpose – the fourth element of inspiration.

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