“WALKING ALONE IS AN EXCELLENT STRATEGY FOR FREEING YOUR MIND UP TO BRING TOGETHER DIFFERENT AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE.”
In 2013, creativity is in constant demand. People are trying relentlessly to become more creative individuals. It seems like the more you chase something, the harder it is to get. That is why I love the quote I started this post with. It was in this story and I think it holds so true. In order to reach deep into your mind and find your creativeness, you must disconnect. Today, the world is on super drive. Everything is flying by, you are expected to do so many things at once and engage with so many people and connect everyone with everything you are doing. While you do need to stay connected so that you are up to date, you also need to take at least an hour a day and disconnect… Turn everything off! Turn off the TV, turn your cellphone on silent, get off of Facebook and get outside. Take a walk, take your dog on a walk. Find somewhere that inspires you. For me, when I was living on riverside, I would walk my australian shepherd along the river, every day. My favorite time to walk or go for a run was during sunset. Something about seeing that expanse of sky, the range of gorgeous colors, breathing the fresh air… it gets me in a creative zone. I get more philosophical than I am any other time. It is a rush.
“MINE THE PAST TO GAIN A DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE THINGS COME FROM AND WHY THEY EXIST.”
Dig into the history of those things you are interested in or working with. My great grandfather passed away this past year. I was lucky to have still had him around at 22 and had the advantage of getting to hear him talk about the past. However, I wished I would have asked him more questions and paid more attention. He was a core-man in the navy, he fought in World War II, he later ran his parents farm, retired as an accountant from Sun Oil and was awarded as the longest working accountant in the state of Oklahoma as he continued to do personal accounting until the year before he died. He also collected antique cars. He maintained them or restored them to peak condition and he loved to have his great-grandkids ride along in the parades with him. Such an expanse of knowledge and such an array of expertise. When he passed away I started going through all of his things in order to remodel his house. I have a love of pictures, especially black and whites, cameras, movies, etc. Low and behold, I found cameras and video cameras ranging from the very first models of cameras through current models. I was fascinated. It got me even more interested and I was thrilled to be able to incorporate those into a display shelf in the remodeled front room. Integrating past into the present can be one of the easiest tunnels to creativity. When you delve into the past of something it gives it more meaning and what is life without meaning?!
“PATTERN SIGHT IS THE ABILITY NOT ONLY TO SEE THE RARE “ODD DUCK” BUT TO ROUTINELY LOOK FOR THAT DUCK AND SEE IT.”
As Bruce Nussbaum has said in this article, creativity can be found. One important aspect is constantly increasing your knowledge. The more you learn the more you are able to connect things. The greater knowledge and experience you have, you are more likely to be able to develop new connections and come up new ideas. It is about seeing things in a new light. The greater understanding you have of something, the easier it will be to do so.