I recently went to Kansas City for the day with a good friend. We didn't have many specific plans, other than taking a mutual friend to the airport. After leaving the airport, we went to one of her favorite stores, followed by one of my favorite stores and on to lunch. While looking for the restaurant that we were headed to, we spotted a store that by its very name, spoke to both of our hearts… Paper Source! "Note to self", we said aloud, "we need to go there after lunch!" It had been a busy week and a full day already. We were partly worn out by the time we sat down to eat. We knew that a good meal and some cold caffeine should help us feel better soon. We had no idea, however, how much better we would feel after going to that final store!
I am not really sure how long we were in there. Exactly how long does it take two girls who love all things paper to get through an inventory as unique as theirs? Did I mention they had great cards and books and office supplies (yep, Diney, really COOL office supplies!) too? Honestly, I can not remember the last time I was in a place where I wanted to buy so much! I didn't completely lose my senses as I monitored my purchases, though the 50% off section was what put me over what I planned to spend. We left happy and excited, already wanting to plan a return trip and grateful that we were with each other. Not too many people could have endured so much time in one small shop and understood our excitement over all our great finds.
As we drove home, we were amazed at how revived we felt. Sure, we knew part of it was pure adrenoline, but we genuinely felt awake, alive, and anxious to create! Conversation turned to spiritual truths and we began to get creative ideas. There was plenty of dialogue back and forth and then it hit… true inspiration! Ideas were flying – I'm just sorry I can't disclose any of them right now – and we got even more excited. In the two days since, my head and heart are still pondering all sorts of ideas toward the goal we had talked about and I have fresh motivation to move forward with particular projects.
Today I was thinking about the power of inspiration… how it can change a mood or an attitude… how it can cause concrete changes in a schedule or a list of things to do. Having a specific purpose, whether short or long term can truly make a difference. As I told my friend today, nothing else in my life has changed. The circumstances that discouraged me previously, are the same. My husband is still looking for a job. I am still concerned over some of my daughters' choices, my home is no cleaner and I have not accomplished much on my list of things to do. Yet, this new "project" has created enthusiasm and given me fresh vision. It is refreshing and I am grateful. There is a scripture that says that where there is no vision, people perish. Dreams die, hearts shut down and lives are cut short of their full potential.
Perhaps you may not need a new "project" like I did to reignite your creative juices. Maybe a fresh perspective would do the trick. I got my shot of fresh perspective two days ago, when our 21 year old daughter stopped by to see us. She walked into the kitchen where my husband and I were talking. She said, "What are we talking about?" I told her that we were talking about the "Worst Case Scenario." She looked alarmed and said, "You mean, if you and dad die?!" My husband and I both started laughing and I stood up to hug her and thank her. (There was a time in her quest for independence when I wondered if she cared whether we lived or died!) All of a sudden, jobs and finances and lack of insurance were put in their proper context – important but not "worst case scenario!"
It is easy to fall into a rut, not only in our schedules but in our thinking. I encourage you this week to look to those things in your life that give you energy and fuel your enthusiasm. A renewed sense of purpose and perspective can do wonders!
Pursuing Purpose With You,