i am here I took these photographs at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, WA. The definitions are from the Oxford English Reference Dictionary. Comment By summercushman|2013-10-21T15:36:53-07:00October 21st, 2013|Art, Creativity, Nature|3 Comments You know who else needs to hear this? Well, be a friend and tell them! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditPinterestEmail 3 Comments John October 25, 2013 at 10:39 am - Reply Hi Summer. I periodically check in to see if you have posted anything on your blog. I think I do it because you inspire me. I have been able to take part in your yoga classes while you were here in Lafayette and I connected with with the words you were sharing. I wanted to look up the word inspire. To me it is “life giving” or “life sharing”. Here is what it said when I looked it up. Inspire: verb [with object] 1fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative: [with object and infinitive]: his passion for romantic literature inspired him to begin writing create (a feeling, especially a positive one) in a person: their past record does not inspire confidence (inspire someone with) animate someone with (such a feeling): he inspired his students with a vision of freedom give rise to: the movie was successful enough to inspire a sequel 2breathe in (air); inhale. John October 25, 2013 at 10:43 am - Reply I looked below that definition and saw this: Derivatives inspirer noun Origin: Middle English enspire, from Old French inspirer, from Latin inspirare ‘breathe or blow into’, from in- ‘into’ + spirare ‘breathe’. The word was originally used of a divine or supernatural being, in the sense ‘impart a truth or idea to someone’ Summer Cushman October 25, 2013 at 11:19 am - Reply Oh, how wonderful these comments are! I have such a smile on my face because I love that you got out the dictionary in response to this post. And inspire, what a beautiful word. I love the connection to breath and spirit! One of my favorite creation stories (there are so many…) is from Genesis. I like it because of a specific verse: chapter 2 verse 7: “then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and the man became a living being.” It’s an amazing thought, God’s breath animating dust and creating humankind. Beautiful. Thank you for your kind words and thoughtful response. Be well, S Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.