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Working as a trainee staff member in a new learning school I face this dilemma: What do I feel inspired to do? If I am not inspired, should I wait for inspiration? This gives rise to the next set of questions: Why am I sometimes inspired and then another day not at all? What initiatives can I take to find the inspiration? Can I speed up the process?

Children seem to have inspiration to do things, adults loose that. Why is that? How can I reach the child-woman that is living inside of me?

I found a TED-video by Sugata Mitra called “Can kids teach themselves?”

He does an experiment called ‘a hole in the wall’. In this hole he places a PC and leaves it online if possible 24/7. Within minutes Indian kids find out how the mouse and the PC work and begin browsing! I quote:

The experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity…

This word triggers me. Curiosity. That is a key element to inspiration. Kids are by nature curious, things are happening in their life for the first time. They want to know more and in this way they learn. I used to do that, and sure, I can go back to that place and re-invent my curiosity.

I can remain alert when I do not feel inspired. When I feel empty, distracted, uninspired, bored or plain negative, that is a red flag. To look at the world with a fresh newborn look. To invite my child-woman back into my life. I can ask myself anytime: What is it that the child inside of me feels like doing? Just asking that question is enough. It is already one step further then complaining that I am uninspired.

Another video caught my eye as well. This time by Stuart Brown who says that play is vital, no matter your age. He works at the National Institute for Play. Can I work there please? How inspiring!

So yes, that is another word that speaks to me: play. Just doing something for its own sake. Without purpose or reason, and that is what is so particular about play. It is fun. It is no longer about purpose. It is even without purpose. He talks about body-play, object-play, curiosity, rough-and-tumble-play, imaginative play and the brain. The opposite to play is depression!

Play is the second key to inspiration. When adults forget to play and take things too serious, life becomes dry and we are feeling uninspired. Play, and forget the purpose that things are supposed to have. Do something for the fun of doing it.

More keys are of course somewhere waiting for me to find them. All in due time, of course. The child-woman inside of me will come to life anytime now. I am pregnant. With myself.

As a note to myself, a list of things to remind myself of when feeling uninspired.
– do something new, that I never tried before. As in cycle to town using another bicycle path
– do not let fear stop me from doing/trying something new
– ask my children to do something with me
– lie down on the floor and look at the situation from that perspective
– have courage and be silent, the uninspired moment will pass
– It is ok to not have a life purpose for the rest of my life. It is ok to change life purpose every day.
– out of being bored and uninspired can only come something new and exciting. It might take a while, it will pass.
– consider taking a subscription to philosophers notes.
– listen to the ebooks that I put in my inspirational bookmarks in Firefox
– call the friend that makes me laugh
– buy flowers and look at them


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IF rambunctious
IF rambunctious, originally uploaded by radiant woman

Rambunctious 2

Rambunctious 2, originally uploaded by radiant woman

Aren’t we all children that love to play in the rough sea and do the body surf?

These two pieces include paint only. I thought back about how I played in the rough sea and made my first ever body surf in Copacabana (NSW, Australia).If you never did a body surf, go and do one as soon as you can. It is your chance to feel your own enthusiasm rise, to laugh hard and let go of all resistance. Love the feeling of the blue sea touching your skin and propel you forward in the water.

I fiddled to make the diversity of the waves come out and then decided to make a print cause the layers of the paint were rather thick. So meet rambunctious and its opposite meek and tell me which one is rambunctious? Oh and thanks IF, I learned two new words today 🙂

Rest seems like a nice contrast to overwhelmed, but enthusiasm is always chosen over rest. The only thing that ever makes you tired or bogs you down is resistance.

Quote by Abraham

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List of Wishes

Here is my forever unfinished, unedited list of wishes. This is fun. Thanks go to Brian for inspiration to write it down.

– walk the labyrinth in Chartres
– live on my own island
– swim in the ocean

– finish the high Pyrenees trail from coast to coast in Spain in one holiday
– watching many more smiles from my children
– own a vegetable garden and be fully self sufficient for veggies

– make my own ice cream
– build an organic shaped wooden home with used materials
– to hear my dad say: I love you

– live weeks in the Australian outback to experience the sky
– be a beautiful merry old lady full of radiance
– ride a horse

– sleep in a pyramid
– visit Iceland
– walk the Appalachian trail in the US

– live fearless as if nobody is watching me

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IF Poem

IF Poem

IF Poem, originally uploaded by radiant woman.

Poem is this weeks challenge for Illustration Friday. I am not a girl of poems, I know some lines, not much to impress anyone. Lyrics of songs seem to replace poems in the lives of many. At the funeral of my friend Lot, one of the songs performed was ‘Heaven Can Wait” by Meat Loaf. I cried when the lyrics touched my heart.

The piece above and the thumbnail maybe even more, reminds me of heaven and of how precious life is. I made it in 2003, one of 4 pieces in blue and white. They reminded me of heaven, the place that I longed to go back to at the time. It comforted me to have a little piece of heaven on earth and it helped. I stayed, heaven can wait indeed.

Meat Loaf – Heaven Can Wait Lyrics

Heaven can wait,
And a band of Angels wrapped up in my heart,
Will take me through the lonely night,
Through the cold of the day.
And I know, I know,
Heaven can wait,
And all the gods come down here just to sing for me,
And the melody’s gonna make me fly,
Without pain, without fear.

Give me all of your dreams,
And let me go alone on your way.
Give me all of your prayers to sing,
And I’ll turn the night into the skylight of day.
I got a taste of paradise,
I’m never gonna let it slip away.
I got a taste of paradise,
It’s all I really need to make me stay
Just like a child again.

Heaven can wait.
And all I’ve got is time until the end of time.
I won’t look back.
I won’t look back.
Let the altars shine.

And I know that I’ve been released,
But I don’t know to where,
And nobody’s gonna tell me now,
And I don’t really care. No, no, no.
I got a taste of paradise.
That’s all I really need to make me stay.
I got a taste of paradise.
If I had it any sooner you know
You know I never would have run away from my home.

Heaven can wait.
And all I’ve got is time until the end of time.
I won’t look back.
I won’t look back.
Let the altars shine.

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Discovery Lies Inside, originally uploaded by radiant woman.

Illustration Friday for this week has the topic discovery.

Discovery to me is all about the heart and everything that is inside of me. Some of it is dormant, some of it is awake. We are all on our way to discover what is inside of us and what a gift when we are able to live it. The world becomes a better place because of it. Living from the heart, wow!

We cannot teach people anything; We can only help them discover it within themselves. Quote by Galileo Galilei.

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white for letting go and possibility red for love orange to make juice yellow when mellow green for hope blue for peace indigo for children violet for spirit

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IF: Rejection

rejection, originally uploaded by radiant woman.

What to do when life is throwing things my way that I do not want and do not accept in my life? It makes me wonder: Is rejection possible? With a reject button of some sort? On the other hand:

Dear to us are those who love us. . .
but dearer are those who reject us
as unworthy, for they add another life;
they build a heaven before us whereof we
had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new
powers out of the recesses of the spirit . . .


Ralph Waldo Emerson

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