Life in the Shadow of Inspiration
I don’t feel like writing right now. I’m not inspired to do so…right now. The next time I am inspired, then I will do it, and it will be wonderful. Why force it, right?
Discipline and Inspiration have two very different ways of living. One is stern, structured, and meticulous. The other is free flowing, spontaneous… and sometimes ferocious! Even though they are very different, Discipline and Inspiration are the best of partners. They both have different needs, and they both take care of each other.
Inspiration needs self-care, skillful practice, and slow continuous growth. Without these, Inspiration feels weak and… un-inspired. When Inspiration is in need, Discipline steps in and takes care of Inspiration. Discipline keeps working consistently, to make sure Inspiration’s tools are in tip-top performance condition at all times. Discipline reminds Inspiration to get to bed on time and to wake up early – Inspiration loves the sounds and smells of the morning air. Discipline always keeps a steady progress, carrying Inspiration as high as they can go – for Inspiration delights in waking to a beautiful view. Discipline does all these things for Inspiration, and Discipline never gets tired, for this is what makes Discipline grow.
Discipline also has needs. And just as Discipline cares for Inspiration, Inspiration is happy to return the favor. When Discipline has been working very hard for a very long time, Inspiration splashes some lightness on Discipline. When Discipline is feeling a bit directionless, Inspiration reminds Discipline of the good times ahead. And when the time is right; when Discipline has been working with great vigor and vitality to care for Inspiration, as Discipline so much likes to do; and when Inspiration is feeling strong and supported, from all the love Discipline has shared…
Inspiration takes off – soaring high into the cosmos, spiraling and dancing! On the rays of the sun and the invisible waves of the sky, Inspiration explodes into full majesty. Everyone sees Inspiration in this wondrous display and they all wish they could be up there… all except one. Inspiration turns to reveal Discipline right beside, and for a moment people notice Discipline’s great wonder. Glowing, golden radiance that shatters light itself shoots out from Discipline in all directions – a terrifying display of magnificence and awesomeness. But this is not the joy of Discipline, for discipline lives in the Shadow of Inspiration. This is where Discipline longs to be, and where Discipline finds rest; and so, Discipline turns his beaming, penetrating glow to Inspiration, and as it has happened a thousand times before, and yet never like this, Inspiration ignites in a magnetic flame of electric vibration, booming and bounding and breaking reality all around, letting the very essence of divinity crash through into this world. All below remember Inspiration forever.