Monday, September 17, 2012

to stay inspired

"Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans."
- John Lennon

That line inspired me after a long time to move my lazy bum into action. Inspiration is the key to everything. And when people lack it, despite having everything else, what they're doing won't be a labour of love. I love the way Agassi's flabbergasted at Sampras' lack of emotion regarding tennis. Tennis to Sampras is a job. He does not need inspiration to do it well. What surprises Agassi more his lack of need for inspiration. But it feels true, somehow. That inspiration strikes only once in a while. What pulls us day in and day out, has us slog uncomplainingly and helps us grow is our diligence to the cause.

Preparation, perseverance, practice can be mundane.Regularity and consistency can be uninspiring. But they also can be reassuring. They're the traits of people, who like Zen monks, understand that repetition is a myth, that every moment is different. It is important to realise that the  greatest of edifices are not built overnight, but by capitalising on that one moment of inspiration, and to put brick over brick for years to attain the grand structure of our dreams.

It is refreshing to understand that you don't have to be inspired every moment to attain something spectacular. Or maybe, understanding this fact is inspiration enough.

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