I have been in a creative slump lately and so I called upon nature to inspire me and slap me back in to my excited happy place of creating and enhancing the beauty around me.
A couple of evenings ago wispy, airy clouds hung in the sky.
It was close to sunset, so I pulled over to a local park and with camera in hand wandered up and down the side walk deciding which angle to take the photo. There was a hint of color in the clouds but nothing dramatic. I waited. No wind and only a couple of birds squawked.
While I waited and wandered, a woman who was out walking her dog stopped. "What are you waiting for?" she asked. Smiling I said, "Oh, I'm thinking this will be a nice sunset photo, so I am just waiting to see what I can capture and create." (When asked lately what I use to get great photos, I steal someone's answer and say "MY EYES") "there's not a pretty picture there, don't waste your time." and she quickly tugged at her pup and walked off.
Wow, what a grand example of two people being in the exact same place and time and seeing two different things.
I've listened lately to NPR where I found a wonderful series of talks presented by the TED foundation (Ideas worth spreading). What I enjoy is the fact that the talks are generally about 18 minutes long. (about the length of my attention span) Check out their site if you need some inspiration or entertainment.
I am attaching the link of a great talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of EAT PRAY LOVE.Click Here
Remember it's only 18 minutes... my guess is that you will be as inspired as I was.
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
I love her idea. Tell me what you think about this?? I would love to hear your take. Perhaps it will be just like the lady at the lake and you won't see it like I did.
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