Friday, February 25, 2011

When Inspiration Strikes

Inspiration is a funny thing.  Many people have specific times or places when a brilliant idea comes to them--on a walk, in the shower, listening to music.  For me, it's always right as I'm trying to fall asleep. 

Never fails.  I'll be starting to drift off to dreamland and an idea will POP into my head and then there's no falling asleep until I write it down.  My poor husband--I used to keep my pad of paper and pen on my dresser and I was like a Jack-in-the-box toy popping out of bed every other minute to jot down a note.  It took me ages to finally figure out that it's much less disruptive to everyone if I just keep the pad of notepaper and pen on my bedside stand.  Yes, I can be a slow learner, but I suppose most people aren't the most logical in the wee hours of the night.

Some nights I won't write anything or maybe I'll just jot down a word or two.  And then there are nights like last night.  For two and half hours I thought of thing after thing after thing that I just HAD to write down.  If I didn't write them down, I knew that I wouldn't be able to sleep because I'd be trying to remember my very important thought throughout the night.  I woke up to three pages of note paper covered with my chicken scratches on both sides--six sides of notes.

I've actually learned some valuable lessons over time.  For example, it's best to make sure the pen is pointing down when writing otherwise it runs out of ink right in the middle of a note.  A real bummer when you try to read what you wrote in the morning and half of the idea is gone.  I've also learned to remember approximately where my last note was jotted down on the page.  I can't tell you how many times I've tried to decipher the chicken scratches of two notes written one on top of the other.  Ack!

I wish my inspiration could visit me at a more convenient time of day, but I'm thankful for its visits nonetheless.

Heaps of Hugs,
Cheryl

10 comments:

  1. Well, after picking myself up off the floor from laughing so hard I have to admit - it's all true. Right down to the last chicken scratch. But just having a mental picture of you got me laughing again. Okay - I'm okay...giggle.

    Maybe our brains do that on purpose - sort of their way of showing us that they do, indeed, have a sense of humor.

    And why is it then so difficult to fall back asleep? We did "scratch" it down on paper.

    Okay, the giggles are coming back - gotta go. Giggle.

    Hugs & Happy Weekend. Maybe you should take a little nap.....

    Hugs.

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  2. Yeah, there have been times where my brain is screaming 'need... paper... now!!!'... I can't wait to see what comes of these ideas... and also all the other stuff that's been brewing over at Bingle Bears :)

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  3. ROFL. Well, I don't write things down in my sleep, but I do have some crazy dreams about new ideas - cue the 2 1/2 ft pink bear dancing through my head last night...

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  4. Oh Cheryl your story had me ROFL, the chicken scratches and upside down pen! An excellent idea to write down your ideas immediately, mine seem to flow through my brain when I am driving. I know I should be concentrating on traffic etc so I have to sort of tell my brain to forget it until later then I can't remember what I had been thinking about! A sad sign of the age thing!

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  5. seu blog é muito lindo,sou apaixonada por ursos de pelúcia,estarei sempre aqui,beijo do Brasil

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  6. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one that inspiration strikes in funny places--I like the idea of the 2 1/2 foot dancing pink bear, Katy! And I can't imagine what would happen if I had my inspiration in the car--eeek! I'm glad you have more willpower than I do, Wendy!

    Heaps of Hugs to all of you,
    Cheryl

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  7. It is that time right before sleep when you are most connected with your higher self.It is the same place you go to when meditating. Everything is right there. It is so good you have gotten into the habit of keeping a pen and paper next to your bed.

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  8. Oooooo! I like the way you think about this, Joanne! It makes me sound like I'm enlightened rather than just a silly, old goofball. I hope you're right! Although I must admit it's pretty funny trying to read all of my scribbles in the morning.

    Heaps of Hugs,
    Cheryl

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  9. Cheryl, I got frustrated trying to read my nightly scribbles and use my little recorder that I keep by the side of my bed, it's a lot simpler (as long as you keep it round the right way so as not to press the wrong buttons). Hubby used to think I was talking in my sleep, but now he's fully aware of what goes on in my brain. As he's got older he's asleep before I start thinking.
    Warmest Hugs,
    Sandi @ Ess D'Ess Bears and Bearly Sane Studio

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  10. LOL! Sandi, that is the BEST idea!! I'm going to have to check out some little recorders.

    Warmly,
    Cheryl

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