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    Senior Member Lacey's Avatar
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    Music. I tried to think of other things but it all goes back to this, I guess.

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    Almost anything can inspire me...

    But I mostly get inspired by:
    music
    books
    photos
    people/relationships
    art
    film
    fashion
    religion
    nature
    architecture

    The last two really help me when in a rut at work; if I take a break and walk outside and just soak in my surroundings, then I often come back ready to design.
    Often a star was waiting for you to notice it. A wave rolled toward you out of the distant past, or as you walked under an open window, a violin yielded itself to your hearing. All this was mission. But could you accomplish it? (Rilke)

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    Definitely seeing other people perform small acts of kindness. This makes me extensively happy for some reason.

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    I'm generally inspired whenever I see someone with a good heart succeed. Especially if they've had to overcome a point where the odds were against them or they were treated as a misfit. You often see this in TV and movies, which is great, but it's even better to see it happen in real life.

    A woman I care about inspires me to do better. Admittedly, sometimes it's for selfish reasons, like wanting to impress the person. But the more beautiful occurance is when their very being, the greatness of their character (especially in the areas you lack), inspires you to actually be a better person.

    Sometimes the weather inspires me. If it's sunny out, it inspires me to actually leave the house, go out in the world, and do something.
    A hero is someone who does the right thing without expectation of reward, just because it's the right thing to do.

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    Inspiration in what sense?
    When I want to improvise on the piano, I'm sometimes inspired by words - a short phrase I'd use to describe a certain person or my own mood. Sometimes that automatically triggers a melody or a chord progression in my head. Really strange because I strongly prefer music without lyrics
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    -τὸ γὰρ γράμμα ἀποκτέννει, τὸ δὲ πνεῦμα ζῳοποιεῖ-

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiddykat View Post
    When I see those who work hard, yet get little respect, but they keep on trying.
    I love this. I so need to start thinking that way.

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    1) Music
    2) Success stories
    3) Driven individuals
    4) Beautiful things.
    5) Films
    6) Fashion (i would like to point out I don't care much for seasonal trends. Its just that some designers create such awesome looks and some people just know how to dress to enhance their personality.)
    7) Faith
    I am an ENFP but I value justice over mercy.

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    I am just starting to understand a lot of things about the people who inspire me and thought I'd post my reflections here. Many will probably find them crazy or strangely religious, but I hope some will understand and relate, especially INFJs who tend to find inspiration in human beings just like I do.
    The reason I've had to think deep on this is that I recently met an ISFJ woman who has inspired me for years. I painted her portrait last summer (I work from photographs so she only saw the result when she received the print I sent to her), and we happened to talk a bit about it, and she exclaimed: "I was thinking: 'Why did she paint me? Why?' " And I could tell she was both puzzled and moved by it. I was also moved to see her reaction and never found the words to explain it to her. I proceeded to write her a letter afterwards where I tried my best to explain it to her.

    Thanks to C. S. Lewis and his autobiography Surprised by Joy I am starting to see how artistic intuitive introverts create an ideal parallel world within themselves because they see how faulty the actual world is. As a Christian, I understand this world as a "fallen world." The physical and the ideal world coexist in my life, but sometimes, a bridge is created when inspiration strikes: an element of the physical world is revealing itself as ideal. Hope fills me and makes me think the real world isnt so hostile after all. Imagine the bliss. Since this bridge is usually created by a human being, I can become so idolatrous of that person at times.
    As a Christian, I have struggled so about this! Because my conscience was step dancing around like crazy, but also because the relationships created with the inspiring people can easily become unhealthy and disastrous.

    I read The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis, and thought this passage particularly relevant in regards to this:

    "We were made for God. Only by being a manifestation of his beauty, loving-kindness, wisdom or goodness, has any earthly Beloved excited our love. It is not that we have loved them too much, but that we did not quite understand what we were loving. It is not that we shall be asked to turn from them, so dearly familiar, to a Stranger. When we see the face of God we shall know that we have always known it. He has been a party to, has made, sustained and moved moment by moment within, all our earthly experiences of innocent love. All that was true love in them was, even on earth, far more His than ours, and ours only because His. In Heaven there will be no anguish an no duty of turning away from our earthly Beloveds. First, because we shall have turned already; from the rivulets to the Fountain, from the creatures He made lovable to Love Himself. But secondly, because we shall find them all in Him. By loving Him more than them we shall love them more than we now do." (C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves- Charity)

    Any thoughts?

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