Inspiration from Perspiration


by: Mark Lamb

Artists have a reputation for being a little odd. Free wheeling words and colors. They seem to create pieces out of nothing. Often times people wonder what artists actually do all day. Many feel that they can never be an artist because they lack the moment of inspiration for creating "it." But what any artist, musician, or writer will tell you is that the moment of inspiration is really a myth.

Inspiration comes through perspiration.

Writers sit down at the keyboard everyday and pound through thousands of words that will be edited away never to be read.

Ask a writer what the hardest part of being a writer is… they will answer sitting down to do the work.

Musicians play unrecognizable forms not notes in the process of discovering the right melody. Every walked past a practice room at a university to hear horrible music on it's way to being a beautiful piece of art?

Artists start over, throw away, get frustrated-- but artists are consistent about their passion for the work. And they actually put in the work-- everyday.

Running is like that for me. I keep waiting for the moment of inspiration to get up early for a run. I wait for the inspiration to run after work. I buy new shoes, watches, and other gear in hopes of a little inspiration to actually run.

But if I can learn anything from artists… the moment of inspiration is a myth-- inspiration comes through perspiration.

It's the consistency that I crave. It is the process that brings enjoyment.

That is why I covet seasoned runners that have been practicing their art for decades.

These running artists are the shoulders we stand on now. Let's be great artists in our running.

Our inspiration will come through our perspiration. 

Mark is a creative, an instigator, and humorist living in Athens, GA. He has served with Connect Ministries as the leader of the WinShape Camps Experience Team for sometime. He is a reluctant runner-- only running with others because he always quits and sides with snacks when fronted with running alone. Mark likes to call himself a "marathoner" since he completed one.  Follow Mark on twitter @marktlamb