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Justina Stevens - Inspiration from unexpected places

March 08, 1997|By JUSTINA STEVENS

Every once in a while, I am at a lost for ideas. I don't know what to say or even what to write.

During this period of what I like to call "no creative flow," no ideas come into my head. It's like there's a dry spell in my brain with no relief in sight.

That's when I go and find inspiration in things I don't normally do. I go to the park and just listen to the sounds of nature around me. I sit in my room with all the lights off and with the door closed so I can just think about what is going on in my life. When I do these things, as well as others, I get to a point where I can think creatively and get the ideas rolling in my head.

It's called inspiration, and I think everybody, at some point, needs a little inspiration to keep going. It may be at a time when ideas don't come, when something has gone wrong or when stress is overwhelming.

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Inspiration is a good thing because it lets people stop for a minute and see what is around them. It provides a chance to let ideas flow and minds wander. Without inspiration, a lot of the things we take for granted would not be present today.

The latest thing I did was go to Hagerstown City Park on a cold, windy March morning. There was no one there, and the only sounds I heard were the ones coming from nature. I just sat there and listened to things I had not heard in a long time. In a short while, I was inspired.

Justina is a freshman at Hagerstown Junior College.

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