Thursday, September 30, 2004

A Stroke of Inspiration

Inspiration comes in a flash.

Or does it?

Earthquakes, tornadoes, lighting strikes, hurricanes, volcano eruptions, floods, and other natural disasters, are all preceded by some kind of natural warning, sometimes giving us enough time to prepare for the ordeal ahead, and to escape to safety. At some level, there are always signs of things to come. Signs as minute as a held breath -- a moment of silence before the storm.

We may not consider inspiration a disaster, but a rare valuable gift from who knows where. And yet, it too acts to throw us out of the ordinary moment of being, with a measure of violence.

Inspiration is dangerous.

Listen for its approach, smell it, taste it, feel the draft, see the change in the light.

Be prepared.

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