Slice of Sunshine — Find and Seek Inspiration

Find and Seek Inspiration

It has always made sense to me that the word “inspiration” comes from the Latin word “sperare” meaning to breathe.

Moments of inspiration can feel like a giant breath of fresh air—elevating, lifting and nourishing. 


For many, inspiration has felt scarce lately (if by lately I mean the last few years). 

But inspiration can be found! 

From people: I recently learned of an alumna from my college who published her first novel this year at 92 years old.*

From nature: A renegade rose blossoming mid-winter reminds us that growth is a constant, even in the gloom of Portland winters.

From poetry: The soaring verse of Amanda Gorman reminds us that words can transport us out of the mundane and into the sublime.

Picture of winter-blooming rose with quote from Amanda Gorman's poem "The Hill We Climb."
Selection from Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb”

Perhaps most importantly, we can get inspiration from ourselves.

Wait, what?

Y’all may be thinking: I was with you until this point, but I can barely get motivated to shower these days, let alone find inspiration.

Be intentional about finding something new every day. Challenge yourself to listen to different music, look at new art, read more poetry.

We can also be inspired when we use “fresh eyes.” View everything as new, foster curiosity even with things (or people) we see every day.

Actively look for moments previously unnoticed in your day, your life, your world. They are there, waiting to give breath and life.

Seek inspiration and soon inspiration will find you.

*I found it entertaining that writing a novel wasn’t actually a long-time ambition of hers, she needed something to do in the winter since she’d given up skiing a few years earlier at age 85.

Try it!

Be Inspiring

  • As with many behaviors, inspiration begets inspiration. Do one thing today to inspire someone else!
  • Write to a friend and share a recent accomplishment, even a small one: “I finished a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle”
  • If you’re on social media, consider posting an inspirational story, piece of art or music
  • Do one thing for someone else in your household: bring them a cup of tea or a little snack plate
  • Nourish your body, take a break, nap—when we take care of ourselves, we inspire others to take care of themselves, too
  • Ask yourself: What would feel like a breath of fresh air, emotionally or physically…and then do it!
(other) Smart People

YOU are Smart People!

I’d love to hear what has been inspiring you these days. Small or large, personal or global. Send inspiration to


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Try it!