You Inspire Me – Can I Copy You?
By Lidija M Rosati
C O P Y: Oh sweetie, I am so inspired by your work! And I love how you do X. I’d love to do the same… Oh, would you mind if I…? So beautiful to serve as an inspiration to others. I love it when I see people who are genuinely inspired by other people’s work, go out there and do epic stuff. Brilliant! As, in my opinion, to inspire is a victory! However, there is a different kind of inspiration I’d like to talk about here…And you’ll see why.
You see, I take great pleasure in observing how some people mistake my graceful quiet presence for stupidity. And while they are, on the surface doing the only thing that they know, applying the only strategy they’ve been using since forever, I am taking notes. And notes I took…enough for a lengthy novel! 🙂
Quiet doesn’t mean unaware. Graceful doesn’t mean weak. These two qualities are the ones that are the key pillars for creating a long-term sustainable strategy that works. When you are quietly observing, you go within and without. You become discerning, you have a clear vision of how things are, what is and what isn’t. You have a great ability to detach and just observe.
The same with grace. Grace is one of those divine qualities that allow you to stay in your integrity. That helps you draw on your inner wisdom, resources, gifts.
And it is precisely these two qualities that I’ve been cultivating for a better part of my life. Why? Because I choose to live in the freedom of being me. Because I believe integrity and authenticity, supported with discernment and grace, help me stay in my sacred power, and help me stay inspired!
Granted, sometimes I’ve allowed outside forces to influence me, to take me away from inner alignment, yet this inner knowing, this quiet graceful presence that sits within me, was enough to get me back on track and fully aligned.
And so I watched how my work ‘inspired’ some people, only to find out that their understanding of inspiration is different to mine . By inspired they mean – freedom to take what others have created, fluff it up, and present it as they own creation. 🙂
A total blow to creativity! And this behaviour makes me sad. Why? Because these very same souls didn’t give themselves time to discover their own talents. They forgot their centre, they went outside rather than within, hoping that taking other people’s work will do the trick. It won’t! One can steal, blatantly copy, or ‘be inspired’, until the cows come home, but they won’t be able to steal the energy, the essence, the intention that lies behind the other person’s inspiration and creative flow.
Why are the copies not as good as the originals? It’s simple. The only originals people try to copy are the good ones.
The copy aspires to steal the greatness of something else – so everything good about a copy will be in how it resembles something, and it will always be second rate version of something great. So, if you find yourself inclined to shamelessly steal other people’s work, idea, style, while disguising it as ‘being inspired by it’, stop and reflect – have you exhausted all the inner avenues? Is shamelessly copying other people’s work your last resort?
Also, if you need to steal, have you considered changing profession? Doing something else…?
Creativity is a gift! It requires constant nurturing, nourishment, education that leads to real inspiration. And if you are not prepared to invest and grow from within, do me a favour and stop taking from without!
And don’t let mine, or any other person’s graceful discerning demeanour fool you.
Go on, start February by create your original self!
I hope this post inspired you
WHO IS LIDIJA M ROSATI?
Lidija Markovic Rosati left the corporate world to pursue her many passions, that range from travelling the world delivering high level NLP and effective communication trainings, investing in real estate, coaching budding entrepreneurs to take their ideas off the ground, teaching women to value themselves more, helping them build self-confidence and businesses along the way. She is a co-creator of Momentum Method – a set of tools designed for the 21st century living and beyond, and a bestselling author of Gaining While Losing – The Gentle Art of Transformation. Curious nomad – born in Eastern Europe, lives in Western Europe and works across the globe. The world is her playground. Her biggest breakthrough: Living behind the safe corporate world and courage to embark on the most beautiful adventure called – entrepreneurship with a Soul.