Food for Thought: Spring is a Time of Rebirth and Inspiration

By Celia Lambert, PhDfood_for_thought_logo

The Merrick-Webster dictionary says: Inspiration has an unusual history in that its figurative sense appears to predate its literal one. It comes from the Latin inspiratus, “to breathe into, inspire” and in English has had the meaning “the drawing of air into the lungs” dating back to the middle of the 16th century.

More commonly today we think of inspiration as a noun and think of it like google does as: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Spring is all about creativity. What will you plant in your garden? What new hike can you go on? What new activity will you try?

It goes hand in hand with imagination.  Albert Einstein says “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Everywhere else some might say.

Daniele Quercia, a researcher from Cambridge, England is developing what he calls Happy Maps. These are maps that give you options for traveling to your destination. Rather than the shortest distance or fastest way as is traditional on a map app, he is creating maps with choices of the most enjoyable path based on beauty, smells, sounds and memories.

It’s a great idea even if you don’t use the app. Look around, spring is here, take a deep breath and allow your imagination to guide you to somewhere new.

Celia Lambert, PhD is an Author, Speaker and Personal Growth Coach. Celia works with clients to improve many aspects of their lives specializing in eating disorders, anxiety, depression and relationship challenges.

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