The other day, I came across a facebook post by an artist I adore, Rachel Caringella. She wrote about how there are people on social media that we follow, read their words and are deeply inspired by. It’s almost like we can feel a connectedness to them, as if we were best friends. We share common passions, feelings and thoughts. To be honest, we are like-minded-souls. We may comment or message them, but really, many of them have no idea that we even exist.
In my mind, that is perfectly okay, if it makes us happy.
I need to share out more who these amazing people are that inspire and energize me. They need to know of their healing powers. And, I just need to say thank you. Thanking them for the work that they do, for putting their words out there. They nourish both the heart and soul of others. They feed the mind. It is my obligation to say thank you.
Today, this person was Debbie Ridpath Ohi.
She posted this illustration on her twitter feed:
It knocked me out of my chair because I am supposed to be working on a project for one of my doctoral classes that is due tomorrow. I can’t get the words out that I want on to paper, so I keep revising my plan. I sheepishly peered by behind me. Was there someone watching me? Seriously?
“Who is this lady?” I asked my laptop. I had to know.
It’s pretty easy to do investigative work online. You just keep clicking on the links. It turns out, she is children’s author, illustrator, reader, Donalyn Miller fan, and even shares (for free, mind you) teacher resources for readers.
I dove into her site and tweets, marveled by her illustrations and creative work. Her words so encouraging.
I got lost in her world for over an hour.
Then, her words jumped on my screen:
“My biggest piece of creativity advice for writers & illustrators (all ages): make time to PLAY.”
Ummmm. . . yeah. That was it. I forgot to play before digging into my work. I know this. Why can’t I remember it? It would open the flow. I know.
I pulled out my notebook, printed some images, grabbed my paper tapes (oh, how I love my paper tape), scissors, glue stick, markers and did some playing. 20 minutes later. . .
It surely was a Happiness Day for me. Thank you Debbie for inspiring me and reminding me to play. Your influence will spill over this week when I introduce you to my kids at school. And, hopefully, to others who read my words thanking you.
This week, my slices are showcasing the inspirationalists I call my friends on social media. They don’t really know me, but, I am letting them all know that what they do matters.
Who are your secret social media inspirationalists?
I’m participating in twowritingteachers March Challenge of posting a blog post every day for the month of March. While I’ve missed a few days, I’m still in it for the long haul! To check out other writers, visit here.