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inspiration friday

February 3, 2012

[Happy Friday, folks, and welcome to Chasing Maybes. Here, I stare down my preferences and prejudices, nudging my way out of my comfortable circle.  Join me in the chase.]

Most mornings, do you wake up, brimming with enthusiasm for what the day holds, relishing the inspiration derived from the gift of another newborn day?  Do you, pre-coffee, stretch your arms above your head, smile broadly, and declare, “I feel so inspired by life that I just don’t know where to begin this sweet new day!“?

If you do, congratulations.  As for me, I often require a little inspiration.  I always require a lot of coffee.

Today, I feel inspired by two things:

1).  The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists, Famous and Obscure, edited by Larry Smith

Just yesterday, I opened my mailbox to find a neat brown package from my friend Christina with this book inside. In the accompanying note, she said she had heard excerpts from it on the radio and thought I would like it… so she sent me a copy.

I can't wait to read it. I will keep you posted.

I’m not sure how I got so lucky, surrounded by thoughtful friends as I am, but I am grateful beyond measure.  This unexpected kindness brought tears to my eyes, and I’m really not a crier.  I swear.  I can’t wait to read it, for any book whose subtitle promises “wild” AND “poignant” AND “life-changing” MUST be great.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Christina.  I’m not sure which inspires me more: the book, or your decision to send it to me.

2).  Rory’s Story Cubes

If you have a three year-old, I imagine you understand the dangerous lure of the drugstore check-out counter.  More perilous than the supermarket or Target check-outs (where small people are usually securely buckled into a cart), the shelves at the drugstore check-out are chockablock with attractive items no one needs (a tiny flashlight!  a tiny lip balm!  a tiny bottle of Five Hour Energy!).  I avoid taking my children to the drugstore at all costs, but it was unavoidable last week.

As we waited in line behind a shopper with 367 coupons and a penchant for debate, my three year-old approached me with requests to purchase a tiny bottle of Aleve, a tiny package of hairbands, and a tiny nail clipper.  Then, he brought me this:

A pouch, nine six-sided dice, and a world of possibilities.

Called Rory’s Story Cubes, it is a creative game consisting of nine dice with simple pictures on each side.  The instructions included with the game outline several different ways to play with them, but the gist of each involves making up a story based on the images one sees after rolling the dice.

I couldn’t resist buying it, as you might have guessed, and this morning I rolled the dice to produce the images pictured in the above photo.  This weekend, I will work on a story based on these images.  If I am feeling generous, I might even let my kids play with the Story Cubes, too.

What about you?  What’s inspiring you today?

Whether you’re feeling ready to dive into today head first, or whether you’d prefer to dive back under the covers and hide, I hope you find inspiration in an unexpected place.  Thank you, as always, for showing up.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Aunt Sissy permalink
    February 3, 2012 12:05 pm

    You have a very discerning child & I must find that game.

    • February 5, 2012 6:34 am

      Thanks, Sissy! The game was at Walgreens, and it is just so cool. I think we will have a great time with it.

  2. February 4, 2012 1:18 am

    I don’t know who’s luckier…you…to have a friend who sends you great books…or
    you…to have such a creative child.


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