Today is “Inspire Your Heart with the Arts Day.” I think back to when I was a kid, there were so many opportunities to enjoy the arts as a normal part of my school day. I took art classes where I was able to express myself by drawing, painting, and creating pottery. And yes, I did make an ashtray for my dad. I also had music class where I learned to appreciate classical music and even a little opera. You could rent instruments from the school and take music lessons. I took up the guitar and played for nearly twenty years. I had shop class where I learned to make jewelry, and yes, an ashtray for my dad. In gym class I learned to waltz, square dance and polka. All of my appreciation for the arts came free as part of my public education.
Too often today we hear about schools dropping their music or arts programs due to a lack of funding. It breaks my heart to think our children will not have the same opportunity we did to experience the arts and to tap into their unique creativity. For me, art and music allowed me to express feelings that I never communicated otherwise. Later in life, photography provided me with that same opportunity, which is why I share my photos with you in my blog and on my Facebook page.
Do something today to help you reconnect with the arts and be inspired. Visit a museum, read a poem, pull out that old paint set and dabble a little, or listen to your favorite piece of music. Better yet, dance down the office hallway! Experience the beauty in these works and get inspired. Then share that inspiration with a young person, help them to learn about the classics. Supplement their education where the school systems have left a gap so they too can develop a love of the arts.
I’ve talked in previous posts about how great leaders inspire their teams. Well, you can’t give what you don’t have. To inspire others you need to be inspired yourself. So take a few minutes today to rekindle your fire and inspire your heart with the arts!
Let me know what you did today to rekindle your fire.