This morning I went to add a new saying to my “favorite quotes” folder and found that the file was gone. I’ve been adding to that document for over a decade, collecting all the sayings that touched my heart, gave me inspiration, or provided a new perspective. Now the inspirational document is gone—probably accidentally erased when I was cleaning up the hard drive. It’s like a metaphor for life. Sometimes we lose inspiration.
I am not happy about the loss of the document. Maybe I’ll search through my backups and see if it was somehow captured there, although that just feels like too much of a distraction right now.
But then inspiration struck…
Why not ask my readers to share their favorite quotes? That way, I can start a whole new document, and we can share as a community our favorite quotes that inspires us. We’ll all benefit!
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Inspiration strikes at odd times, and often when you’re feeling low (like when data is lost). The loss forces you to think differently, to try a new approach, to consider a way around the obstacle. I had no idea I was going to write this blog post until inspiration struck with the loss of my inspirational document (that irony is not lost on me).
Following your inspiration when it arises ensures that more will come. Why would inspiration visit if it kept hitting a brick wall?
The quote I was getting ready to add to my lost document came from a good friend and business colleague, Leslie Nolen. Leslie had sent me a beautiful card when my sister passed away with the Sufi quote:
The heart weeps for what it has lost;
The soul laughs for what it has gained.
That will be the first quote in my new “favorite sayings” folder. How about helping me build that new inspirational document? What’s your favorite quote?