"It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top."
-- Virginia Woolf
Summer can be a great time for inspiration. It is well known that when we daydream our minds are free to roam and we can come up with imaginative creations or stumble upon creative solutions to problems. And in the summer, when the pace is slower and we are often relaxing, we can get our best ideas and find inspiration for our everyday life. Sometimes it is just a matter of getting away from our own environment to see things more clearly. Our thoughts take off and we suddenly come up with an inspired thought or notion, an idea or a plan At this time of the year everything is fresh and lush, colors are vivid, and there is beauty and fragrance wherever we look. We may be traveling or staying in our own neighborhood when it happens. But no matter where, the mood is the same -- relaxation, surrounded by beauty, and then the great idea. Here are a few images that might lead to some summertime dreaming and arriving at that moment of inspiration!
Bougainvillea at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California
Lush pergola at the Getty Villa in Malibu
A vista in Napa, California that looks like the Italian countryside
The grandeur of nature in Sun Valley, Idaho
Closer to home, a neighborhood country mart on a summer day -- the beauty of a simple red barn
A midsummer's night dream at "The Plow and Angel" restaurant in Montecito
Contemplating garden beauty in faraway places
Monet's home in Giverny, France
And places nearby, in a neighbor's vegetable garden
Or in a Pasadena garden that was on the Garden Conservancy tour
And right on the kitchen table -- hydrangeas and roses from the garden
Let your mind wander and dream, be sure to take notes, because as someone once said, "life is not a dress rehearsal." Let's put some of these great ideas into motion! Maybe it's an idea for that book or short story you've always wanted to write. Or maybe it's a system for organizing your books or files, wherever it is you go for inspiration. Having it organized will make your life and your writing easier. That is my current project, and I am loving how good I already feel! How about that gardening or art class you have always wanted to take? Why not learn a new language? I want to take more French classes, having taken them in the past and would love to pick them up again. Or maybe joining a yoga class or taking bridge lessons is something you'd love to do. Of course you could always start a blog!
There are endless ideas out there for us to execute. Fall is around the corner and it is always a time of exciting and creative activity. Let's get ready! Happy dreaming!