Inspire: Middle English inspiren, from the Middle French inspirer and Latin inspirare, from in plus spirare meaning to breathe. The archaic meanings all have to do with breathing, to blow into or upon, to infuse (as life) by breathing, to inhale.
The word inspire is a close sibling to the word spirit. They are sweet sisters who love each other.
We are inspired to write or create for a multitude of reasons. We breathe words onto the page and give ideas life.
Many have inspired me in my life. My mother, father, my sister, my husband. The ocean inspires me, the wind in the trees, bird song. Lizards and crickets inspire as does my dog, Ursa. Most everything inspires, lends me its spirit and for a moment gives me words.
I am truly inspired by the fact that I started out the Challenge with 200 followers and in a mere 9 days have gained 52 more! Thanks to each of you who has taken the plunge into my words.
What inspires you?