“Where does our voice come from?” asked my five-year-old. It was one of those questions he seemed to find floating in the air and capture for a closer look. I gave him what I knew of the physiological answer, but the question lingered in my thoughts.
“Where does our voice come from?” I wondered. Beyond the textbook, beyond the actual sound, straight to the source (or Source) of ideas.
One option is science-based, with the brain in the lead role as connector of stored experiences and information to form ideas, perhaps aided by other brain’s storage contents.
Then there’s the more metaphysical answer, that the source of inspiration (a.k.a. ideas) is divine-based. Books like Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and Talks with Great Composers by Arthur M. Abell support this side.
So what did I decide? Ultimately, I believe ideas are God’s gifts to keep us aimed toward our purpose. BUT we have to say yes to both the ideas and the steps leading to them. In my own life, without saying yes to the crazy idea of attending life-transforming coaching school, I wouldn’t have had the right background experiences to receive the “Be Present. Be Grateful.” idea nor to be its caretaker. And I wouldn’t be part of a synergistic group of coaches who are continually putting good into the world.
Bottom line, we have free will, and if we choose not to do the work we’re not going to see the payout. That’s how I see it. But maybe the more important question to ask isn’t “where does our voice come from?” but instead “what do we do with our voices?”
And that’s one I can answer, no heavy thinking necessary: We Spread Peace.
Has inspiration visited you lately? If so, how do you plan to bring your idea to life? Leave a comment below!