Inspiration can be as elusive as Big Foot, Snuffleupagus, or the chupacabra…simply not there. And if we wait for it to return, we might be waiting for awhile. So what’s one to do?

One one hand, we might be convinced to push ahead relentlessly. There is a school of thought that says discipline – doing something worthwhile whether or not you feel like it – is how to move forward and for the most part I agree.

There are days you just have to do the next right thing regardless how you feel about it. It’s commonly called being an adult or as I like to call it – adult-ing. Not always fun and certainly not inspired but important nonetheless.

On the flip, often ignored, side there is the concept of rest. Of unplugging and resetting in order to see things straight again and for inspiration to return. As Anne Lamont puts it so well…Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

I’d love to hear where you will live today? On the go go go no matter what side or the take a minute, or day, or week or two and regroup? No right answer – both serve us well – just at different times.

It’s Five Minute Friday… five minutes of uninterrupted writing…no editing. No overthinking. Just write! The exercise of writing for just five minutes is to help build a writing discipline and I thank you for tagging along as I work on my writing craft! You can learn more about and join the FMF writing challenge at

Today’s word is: INSPIRATION – link up here.

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.

7 thoughts on “Inspiration

  1. Lesley

    So true- there are times when we need to push ahead regardless of how we feel and other times when we need to stop and rest. The challenge is getting the right balance. I love the Anne Lamott quote you shared! Visiting from FMF #11.
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  2. Martha Brady

    hi donna, i’m your next door neighbor at FMF:) i’m interested in you blog. i’ll probably be back to read more later. we moved to a new town (near some grands.) downsized to an apt., (not very successfully) my husband had a stroke, and i still haven’t recovered from it all! it has been crazy! it has felt like all i’m doing is work. this summer i got back to some quilting for fun after a year of being more depressed than i realized at the time. as i look back i realize it was worse than i realized:( we’re on our 4th year here 2nd after the major stroke. he has had another one more recently and just got out of the hospital with pneumonia! it all keeps my life a little off balance. i liked your tho’ts on inspiration. so true:) i bounce from one to the other in the way i live.
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    • Donna Matthews Post author

      Thank you for sharing! You most certainly have your hands full and I’m so sorry it’s been so hard! Please stop back by again anytime. ❤️????????

  3. Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours

    Good thoughts, Donna. Usually I spend a lot of time adult-ing (which, of course, never actually STOPS), but for the past several months there’s been an unexpected level of “being still” and waiting. I’m trying to use it wisely and learn from it. –Susan (your neighbor at FMF)

    • Donna Matthews Post author

      Thank you! I popped over and loved your thoughts on hope for right now… my current go to verse is Romans 15:13 and your entry hit the spot this morning. Hope you are feeling better this week!

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