Inspired, In Process


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Sometimes we think that our dreams come to fruition “organically,” meaning without any cultivation. Other times, we think that inspiration is required before we take action. I haven’t found these thoughts to be true.

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” 

— Pablo Picasso

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

―Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

I haven’t found wishing on stars and wishing in wells to be all that effective in my life, but I have found that inspiration and insight (along with supplies and needed connections) come into my field when I am moving towards a desire I have.

At a choir concert this weekend, I found myself inspired by the simple mission and vision of a director in the area, and his words are helping me reshape the work I do. When I was first curious about gardening and committed to having a plot myself, all of the materials were dropped in my lap (literally, trailer), donated by my friend, Bo. Chapter titles and words on a page will come to me as I give space for them, even though “a line may take us hours maybe.” My work isn’t always “10x’d,” but through trial and error, being present, and paying attention, we learn and adapt what we do to constantly improve, to cut the fluff, and to fully express our purpose in it. Some ideas and revelations come during times of being intentionally passive, like the realization that I am writing not one, but three books (A Barefoot Way Trilogy). For many of us, we feel we have to have the final details figured out before we take any steps, but most of the things I have learned and done are like baby steps… Taken falling forward and learned on the go.

I don’t have the final iterations of my personal brand and my nonprofit. These are just beginning. Then again, even people I know who have established businesses are always tweaking them and working to be and do their best. I’m not the final expression of who I am, but I live to presence the full and authentic, highest and best me right now in this moment. When I commit to that future, or at least to the working picture I have in my head of what that is and could be, things start to appear. Ideas and inspiration are chief among them.

While we are perfect and complete, no one has arrived, we are always arriving. Moving. Growing. Expressing. Changing. The same is true of the malleable universe we inhabit the energy and intelligence that mirrors and responds to our intention and effort.

In the midst of being in process, in the course of being in action, you can trust that all the ideas and people and tools and supplies and goodwill and paradigm shifts and anything else you need are possible and available. Commit to action, be patient and consistent, and listen while you work.