Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion!
I have reached a point in my project where I feel the need for inspiration in order to move toward a few goals I have been passionate about for a long time but have placed on the back burner. My excuse would be that I was busy raising my children, and this would be true. I have willingly devoted my all into raising my children, but as I near the final years of this pursuit, I realize I must resume or even begin feeding my own longings and interests with the same passion I poured into raising my children.
So, I begin a Month of Inspiration by reading biographies of people who have most inspired my passions, longings and interests through the years. However, where to start is the problem. I do not want to randomly read, but want to choose wisely those people who will inspire me to reach within myself to finally take the leap of faith into some areas I have been longing to explore in my own journey. How ironic that the first person who comes to mind has a newly published biography which I stumbled upon the very day I made the decision.
I happened to be visiting the book store and as always was drawn to the children’s literature section where a series of much loved books captured my attention. As I was browsing the books, traveling down memory lane when I read each of these books over and over to my own children, I was struck with the thought: I wish this author would write a book about himself and how he found himself writing children’s books. Within a few minutes of this thought, I made my way to the other side of the display, and to my surprise, there it was! A biography on my very favorite children’s author, Eric Carle! I knew I was on the right path. His books are a treasure to me as they have been favorites for my own children also. His artwork reaches my passion for color and texture and his text inspires communication in clearest simplicity. There is a reason I feel a stirring within when I read children’s books. There is a reason I have devoted so much of my time writing curriculum and teaching children. There is a reason I long for more! Now it is time to move beyond dreaming, explore the possibilities and find my voice in a new way!