Finding Inspiration

Sometimes inspiration can be hard to find. It’s always there, but sometimes I forget where to look. Writers get writer’s block. I get photographer’s block. I keep taking pictures but nothing seems to click (no pun intended). The photos may be technically sound, but they’re missing something.

Then, when I least expect it, in a small sliver of 1/200th of a second, there it is! All the things I’ve been trying to say, right there in the photo.

Lisa is a regular at the coffee shop. We’ve known her several years. No matter how early it is, what the weather’s like, or if she’s had her coffee yet — she always enters the room smiling.


When she was diagnosed with cancer last year, she broke the news to us with a smile. We didn’t see her as much while she was undergoing chemotherapy, but when she did make it in, there was that smile. Her positive energy was an inspiration to everyone.

On Friday, to commemorate being cancer free — and to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure — Lisa dyed her hair pink. Bright, candy-cane pink.

As her daughter ran her hand through her mom’s new doo, there was Lisa with the most content look.

1/200th of a second is all it takes to find your inspiration.


2 responses

  1. Kate Innes

    Mark – I am Lisa’s sister and met you on a couple of occasions in the coffee shop. You are so right on – I still cannot believe the grace, humor and positive attitude with which Lisa tackled her cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. She is an inspiration to all of her family and friends and your picture is absolutely, positively worth the proverbial “thousand words”….you captured the very essence of her peace and joy in beating cancer…kudos and thanks too, to all of you at the coffee shop, for the wonderful friendship and support you have provided Lisa over the years….you are family to her and to all of us as well!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm

  2. Ronald Myers

    I can spend hours trying to weave words together in order to say what the the heart is struggling to say, but in 1/200 of a second you can create a colorful tapestry of grace and hope. Thank you for your gift.

    May 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm

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