So…it’s the new year. I hope your new days so far have been kind to you – and that where ever you are you are warm!!!
It seems everyone, mostly, is executing their resolutions or using this date as a new start for all sorts of things to do or improve, or try or….you know the drill! We all have ideas about what we can do to make our lives and the lives of others better. This got me thinking about ideas. Where do our ideas come from?All of a sudden, and idea make itself known. As all the good stories say – “it just pops into your head.” And it seems indeed that is what happens. You’ll be pouring a coffee, taking a walk, gazing out your office window, when ‘all of a sudden” a flash of inspiration or action manifests itself in your brain. Just like that! You have an idea. While these ideas may need fleshing out if you intend on implementing them, the idea as it comes to you, is fully formed when it enters your consciousness.
You don’t get an idea in unintelligible parts. It’ s not like a code you have to break to understand. No the idea presents itself in whole. “hey I have an idea – let’s have a picnic” “I have an idea -we should hire more sales people.” whatever it is it is a complete thought. The implementation or execution of this idea will need work, but the idea is complete.
Where does the idea come from? How does it get into your brain? And why do they come WHEN they do. It may be in a formal brainstorming or planning session, but often they pop up in those random moments when you are doing something so unrelated to the idea, driving, walking, dreaming, etc.
When do you get your ideas? Where do you think they come from? Are any of them BAD? Are there such things as “bad ideas?” Are ideas clues to something deeper or more profound within our consciousness? Because we do definitely know that not all ideas can be carried out, not would you want to implement all your ideas. Some may start as ideas become a wish or a desire, or a dream, or fantasy, that may never see the light of day. But you can keep that idea/dream tucked away in your soul because you never know when things could change.
So… what the heck is an idea anyway? And what are your ideas for 2014? Will you execute them all? Of keep some as you own little treasures, as they wait for their time to come?
(I shot this image while high in the Bugaboo mountains this summer. it rained like crazy for the first 2 days of the 4 day trip. This drop and reflection made me think of the budding idea as it “pop” into your brain. And perhaps its time has come!)