Today I have the great honor of introducing you to my beautiful wife, Rachel! She’s written a post to let you in on my creative process (yeah, that’s good spin). I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
My name is Rachel Humphrey. This post, however, is not about me – it’s about Alex.
My husband, Alex, has many roles. He is a great husband and compassionate friend. But there is something about him you would not expect.
Ever seen the show on television about hoarders?
If you have not had the express joy of observing these phenomena; please view this brief, concise explanation. I will allow Wikipedia to explain:
“Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding or disposophobia)is the acquisition of possessions (and failure to use or discard them) in excess of socially normative amounts.”
I first noticed Alex’s tendencies when I saw his house for the first time. His room – immaculately spotless; His desk – covered with every kind of sticky note, ruled note card, or scrap of paper imaginable. Every note covered with discreet bits of information jotted in his handwriting. Books or websites he wanted to read, videos to watch, quotes that brought a new perspective into his life. The seriousness of the situation never really hit me until observing his open browser page. Who knew fifteen tabs could be open at once? I mean, seriously, fifteen? (editor’s note: it’s usually way more than 15). And then there are the links. I find links saved, jotted down, or zipping about in emails on a non-stop basis!
Ok, so I am joking with my implications just a bit. My husband does have notes in carefully structured stacks. He does open (ed: at least) fifteen tabs in a browser window at once. He does save and view any link he thinks is intriguing.
But, Alex is not a hoarder.
Alex loves to share. He finds inspiration in the words and thoughts of others. And then he shares that inspiration with you, me and anyone who is interested in learning and growing together. This is one of the things I find so amazing about my husband.
How can you influence inspiration in others?