Do you live inspired?

May 3, 2015

live-inspiredI’d like to be one of those people who carries a beautiful notebook like this one around and jots down inspirational things that they see and hear. (Don’t tell me to use an app, it’s just not the same.) 

Yes, I’d like to be that kind of person, but I’m just not. Although I have some beautiful and even compact notebooks, I don’t like carrying a big purse around and even if I do, I don’t like extra weight in it, and then it would get all crummy or crumby, edges bent in, ink-stained. I’d like to be that person but so far, I’m not.

So on the rare occasion when I hear a snappy piece of dialogue or something so ridiculous I just have to remember it, I’m forced to fumble around for a scrap of paper in my purse a napkin and then, did I remember to put a pen in my purse when I changed it the other day?  Perhaps I’m just not that organized.

But I do get inspired.

Roses are everywhere in our ‘hood and I never get tired of their beauty. I must have more than a hundred snaps of the roses in my yard, in our neighbors’ yards or that I see along our daily Riley walks.

Like this one:

pink rose unfurled gorge

The delicate perfection of a rose’s infinite petals.

purple roseAnd the colors, oh! the colors!

saka white roseTissue-thin petals curling.

red rose head onRed-red-red. Red velvet. Electric red. Rose red.

CA poppyCUI’m a poppy lover, for sure. But roses? I love them best now.

pink rose dog wkEven when the edges of a rose begin to furl and the bloom withers and dies, there is always a new bud ready to reach its petals skyward. Just like this one.

So tell me… what inspires you?

11 comments on “Do you live inspired?
  1. Diane says:

    I’m exactly like you. I should carry notebook and pen, but don’t. I also recognize the scramble for writing materials. Sigh.
    And roses are my favourite! Especially the clear yellow ones with the rosy edges. Perfect!

  2. Laurel Regan says:

    Gorgeous photos, Carol! I’d like to be that person too, but I’ve already got enough weighing down my purse – if something strikes me, I can always make a note on one of my many smartphone apps, or jot it down in my (paper) datebook.

  3. I do carry a well worn notebook of some kind and I do write things down…however I often don’t look at it again. Those who discover these notebooks will wonder what the heck I was thinking.
    I also take endless pictures of flowers and plants…..I am a plant person. I love vines, and ivies, flowers and gnarly bark

  4. Suzi says:

    Gorgeous flowers. A few years ago I took a mobile-phone photography class. Your post reminds me of one of my favorite assignements: Be a tourist in your hometown. I find that idea inspiring. It reminded me to block out some time to slow down–walking on a lunchbreak, riding a bike somewhere instead driving, whatever. I took photos along the way and the experience was way more fun!

  5. Thank the dear Lord for IPhones :). I thought when I became a therapist I would wear flowing clothes and drink herbal tea. That didn’t happen either…

  6. That white rose is just beautiful – it’s petals are lovely. I’m looking forward to having a bit more time to stop and enjoy those moments of beauty. I don’t use my phone or a notepad – I just try to remember the gist of what I hear and hope I can google it when I get home!

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