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Do you ever just have those inquisitive thoughts while watching TV, reading the paper or discussing the news? Like did you know that Meglodon lived in Washington DC in prehistoric times? The White House and the surrounding area was entirely underwater. Meglodon ruled the water and was so big it could eat a whale!
Have you ever read historical alternative fiction? This is when the author imagines historical events happening differently and what the possible outcome of the changes would have been. It’s a captivating glimpse into what-if ?
One of my favorite authors, Roger von Oech, says we all need is “A Whack on the Side of the Head,” to help wake us up to creative thinking. His insightful and fun-filled book will break you out of your everyday pattern of thinking and get you thinking upside-down, sideways, and every which way.
Having fun is a key component of creativity. Ever have an argument with your spouse about whether Hulk is stronger than Superman, or if Sauron is more evil than Voldemort? Or try this one – watch a TV commercial with the sound off and see if you can figure out what they’re selling.
We all have occasional random thoughts of brilliance. We all have strengths, talents and abilities that stir our passion and capture our attention. It doesn’t matter what it is – I know people who earn a living by selling hard-to-find candy. If you can draw, you could be a comic book artist, a greeting card designer, a video game developer or several other great jobs.
I love to let my mind drift and float. Often if you are relaxed enough to do this you can have some amazing creative ideas. It’s fascinating how fast our minds can move. Thoughts speed by at a record pace. Harness a little of that brain power and anything is possible.
The funny thing about thoughts and creativity, is that in order to get best results we first need to slow down. We need enough space to actually notice one thought at a time. Since we have so many thoughts come and go, one way to find the great ones is to use a notebook or voice recorder to note your best ideas.
Open yourself to spontenaity, random chance, and curiosity. See what types of activities or topics enchant you. These are the things that stimulate enthusiasm and interest. What do you enjoy learning about? What subjects would do you talk about endlessly? (If you don’t know just ask a family member or friend – they’d be glad to tell you.)
Take a little time and rediscover your joy. You’ll be glad you did. Even if you can’t make a living doing what you love, you can sprinkle your days with bits of happiness. Sharing the elation you get from gardening, music, books, or favorite childhood cartoons may find you a friend that enjoys the same thing.
That’s my ramble for today. Hope you liked it. 🙂