Choosing Cherries


Is it possible to live an inspired life in our current stress-and-fear-filled society? Could living an inspired life help bring about the needed change? Or would it feel like an act of denial? Webster’s Dictionary definition of inspired is, “ …aroused, animated or imbued with spirit to do a certain thing by, or as if by, supernatural or divine influence.”

When we consider the pollution level of the planet, the shortcomings of our educational system, the divorce rate, the rising crime rate, political upheaval, and global warming, it is easy to see that a new course of action is needed. Many years ago Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve our problems using the same kind of thinking that created them.” So obviously our global challenges have primed us for a new approach to life. So, why not also an inspired life approach?

When I think about it from this perspective, what better time than now for everyone to focus on creating an inspired life? This simple shift of focus could change our perceptions and open up in us new ways of thinking. On the other hand, how could this happen when the day-to-day grind of trying to make enough money to pay our bills, do laundry, and make the meals leaves many people with barely enough time to think, let alone envision or create an inspired life? Is it even possible to live an inspired life under such stressful conditions? I think it is, with a simple shift in perception.

When I was growing up, cherry time was my favorite time of year. I was very fortunate because the couple that lived across the street had a very large cherry tree, and they always let me pick as many cherries as I wanted. I would usually pick a large shopping bag filled to the top. Then my friend Denise and I would sit on the front porch steps of our house and eat cherries until our stomachs ached. I am not sure which was more fun, eating the sweet succulent cherries or seeing how far you could spit the pit.

One year the cherries had a lot of worms. That’s didn’t stop me! I approached the task with my usual enthusiasm, but with a slight change in my approach—instead of stuffing multiple cherries in my mouth at one time, I would carefully open each cherry to check for worms before eating it. This slowed down the process, but it also created a whole new experience. Previously we were just focused on eating cherries and spitting the pits. The “year of the worms” we found ourselves focusing on new and clever ways of extracting the worms and in the process our perception of the problem changed. We were no longer annoyed but instead viewed the experience as an adventure. We certainly ate as many cherries, but from our “adventure experience” perspective we also found ourselves feeling more animated, more alive, and very inspired. It was in that experience that I realized that being inspired or having an inspired life is just a state of mind. We always have the choice to either be burdened and downtrodden by a situation, or we can embrace it with our heart and soul and become inspired.

The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) Program offers a variety of activities, and simple, innovative ways to shift your perceptions and help you create a more inspired life.

If you would like to explore the I Create What I Believe! Program, the following activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version One video

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Two video

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Three video

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part One

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part Two


Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One (text):

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four (text):

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