The root of the word inspire is “spir”.
“Spir” means “breathe” or “breath”.
Words with “spir” as the root are ambitious, physical words: aspire, inspire, expire, perspire, respire.
When I see and hear these words, I can sense the breath in them.
The root “spir” also sits in another very interesting word: “spirit”.
Many of you, like me, are creative writers. I write Keitharsis to offer you new language and landscapes to explore in your own creative practices. All in an effort to help you overcome block and burnout.
That’s what we do as Creatives: we breathe new life into the spirits of others.
It's a gift.
But inspiring (i.e. breathing into the spirit of others) is only half our work.
We must be inspired too. We must allow others to breathe into our creative spirit.
What are you, as a creative human being, doing to breathe life into others this season?
And how are you letting others breathe life into you?
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Keitharsis is a blog by a writer for writers and other Creatives. New essays are published each Tuesday and Thursday.
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