Monday Start-Up: Inspiration through Literature and Letters

by Rachel Yeomans | January 23rd, 2012   

I’m a reader. In fact, I dream of one day writing and reading in a vineyard in Bordeaux. Now to just work on my French… . One of my friends introduced me to the site Brain Pickings the other day. And I have to say, I’m completely hooked. Their email newsletter last week was devoted to the great literary correspondences of old. The list was grand, and completely inspirational. The timing to read it was perfect, especially because when you truly need inspiration, you usually aren’t looking for it. But putting aside the spreadsheets and the to-do list, and reading through letters and literature; let’s just say that I was definitely inspired.

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My favorite museum in the world is the Morgan Library in New York City. I first discovered it about three years ago in order to shelter myself from the rain. Within it I saw floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, ladders, and then napkins of sketches by Toulouse-Lautrec, letters from Jane Austen, drafts from Degas, and notes from Handel. I was in awe. I made sure to visit the museum during each of my visits to New York, and it still takes my breath away. Now that I live here, I may have to go every weekend! The current exhibit? Rembrandt and Charles Dickens…one of my favorite novels is A Tale of Two Cities. I find it to be one of the most inspirational works of literature that keep me holding onto a pen…and glued to the keyboard.

Screen Shot 2012 01 23 at 12.35.49 AM Monday Start Up: Inspiration through Literature and LettersWe work hard. We work often. As busy working professionals, we find ways to “let go”. That could be through a good book, a movie, a TV show, exercise, a board game, a night out on the town, or another form of escape. Basically, when we can all take a step back and look at something and just purely appreciate it for what it is, you may be surprised how it influences the other aspects of your life. You may just find it…inspirational!

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