I love a weekend when it is not jam-packed with activity. For me, that is a pleasure in itself -- having the space and time for exploration without a pre-set plan. But it also means that there will be a fresh surge of ideas by Sunday morning.
On a recent weekend, I took in The Madonna Painter at Factory Theatre. This warrants comment on it's own, as it is the kind of play you can't honestly say you "enjoyed". It's more of an experience that has value, but the creation of joy is not really part of the value. Reminded me of ancient Greek philosophers trying to figure out why tragedy works. [You see, already the creative connections were flowing!]
The play prompted conversation into the small hours of the next day.
Even better, I'm just back from a well-deserved holiday paddling my heart out in the warm waters of Baja. An experience pretty-much guaranteed to clean the cobwebs from the mind.
And then the joy of Sunday morning. Waking up with ideas bubbling. Ideas for client projects. Ideas for blog articles. E-mails I wanted to send. Enquiries to make. Things to read.
This kind of state has a very joyful feeling associated with it. It is the joy of a mind at play.
How to be an idea personPeople tell me all the time that I am a good idea person. But whatever you feel your natural talents are, you too can become an idea person. You have to cultivate that space for your subconscious talents to have room to play. And give that subconscious some thing to work with - like a few new ideas and new experiences.
How do you help free up your creative thinking?