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The Grave Dangers of Inspiration

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From ART BEAUTY LIFE blog.

In this short essay I would like to warn you of dangers of inspiration.

After suffering for over a week without inspiration over writing my next blog posting, I decided to go cold turkey and pursue my writing without it. I apologize that this might sound more like a warning on a medicine bottle than the romantic writing you might've expected.

I will start with a confession: the past year I rode the journey of writing ART BEAUTY LIFE blog on ups and downs of inspiration. If you experienced inspiration before, you are likely to be familiar with its short term effects that result in mood enhancement, increased productivity and feeling as if you have "wings."

The typical trouble situation comes when inspiration doesn't arrive or, even worse, leaves you hanging in the middle of the process. It's like getting dumped dry and naked on a highway. It is very common in this situation to experience withdrawal symptoms similar to the ones described by individuals addicted to certain external substances.

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Intense withdrawal reaction from inspiration can push reasonable and sane people to take some questionable steps. If they don't find inspiration in decent socially accepted places, like museums, symphony halls, sunsets and mountain views, in despair they can turn their search to mundane aspects of daily life, for instance examining patterns on sewer lids (see Where is your Picasso?) or of cigarette butts in ashtrays.

I am sure it is apparent now how the co-dependency on inspiration can take Inspirationoholics into the downfall spiral of self-destruction and disappointments.

Below are three tested tips that will help deal with inspiration:
-- If you feel the very first symptoms of inspiration, engage your will power to distract yourself and stay away from any productive activities till inspiration passes
-- If inspiration has affected an area of your life, do your best to contain it by not spreading it to others
-- If inspiration took over your life, please stay away from people, especially the ones you like -- it might be contagious

The original posting, "Of Grave Dangers of Inspiration" can be found here.

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"The Artist" -- confronting the Death by Sensory Overload
Art, Honey and Explorations

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