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Taking time for creative thinking

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Sunday - and with strong gale-force winds, and rain etc, the advice was to stay at home unless you absolutely had to go out. So, after some hesitation, I took the advice, cancelled visiting my friend, and stayed home.

I don't usually look at The Sun, but it has some really good photos of how this weather has been affecting people across the UK

I spent a lot of the day reading an ebook from the library: In Praise of Wasting Time, by Alan Lightman (a TED book)

It was a short read - so I've read it and returned it. But I took a screen shot of some of the lovely illustrations because..... I liked them!

So, quite a lot of the book was about the overloading we now experience, living in the 'wired world'. And how detrimental this has been to creative thinking. It gives examples of many brilliant people who made a point of spending time just doing 'nothing' and allowing their brains to process ideas. And it ends with a proposal that we make a new habit into a new 'norm' - of taking at least half-an-hour a day being quiet, without any technology (and not just when we're asleep). Of course, there's a lot more in the book .......


He has written novels too - one is called Einstein's Dreams - in which he describes 'mechanical time' - and I recognised myself there - where the day is divided up into time slots, even checking the time when my stomach rumbles to see if it's time to eat.......... (I've just reserved it from the library!)

One of my negative beliefs that I've captured recently is "I am lazy" - but I'm so NOT lazy. I do need, and take, plenty of down-time - and Alan Lightman's TED book has inspired me that laziness and procrastination supports lateral thinking and creative inspiration.

I do remember at college a tutor trying to teach me the difference between positive and negative procrastination - I never really managed to grasp it!
But I've certainly experienced the well-spring of creativity when I've been able to detach from the usual routine - usually when I've been isolated in a little beach chalet for a week! Suddenly I get all sorts of creative ideas bubbling up.

Come to think of it.......... maybe I should book myself a week in that chalet some time soon! Staying at home for a week isn't the same - I always notice the dust, and the unfinished projects............ !

This picture particularly delighted me; the next book I have lined up is called 'Turtles All The Way Down' by John Green!

and, just in the spirit of sharing - some photos from the last couple of days............

Spring flowers that have been planted in the little public garden in St Ives

Crocus growing in the cemetery in Camborne

and the promise of a great display of daffodils (not sure if you can see all the green stems coming up

PS - just saw this Spark blog about the distraction of technology etc.
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    A lot of truth there. I used to write all the time but spend more time on the internet now. It robs creative energy.
    286 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Super blog, lovely photos, I am glad flowers are looking lovely too. Hope you have had some fun this week off too. Hugs xxx emoticon
    297 days ago
    Glad you're erring on the side of safety.

    Windy here too. But, not gale force where we live. Off the coast, yes.

    Thanks for sharing the images and your thoughts. I absolutely must disconnect to maintain what I call some semblance of sanity.

    I've also had thoughts of being lazy for simply taking time to be. I find the push to do do do ... unhealthy. And, I do think that some of us require more downtime than others to maintain our health and sense of well-being.

    Folks continue to be amazed that I manage my life without a cell/smart phone. I continue to resist the pressure to get one. From a simple cost-benefit perspective, I don't see the benefit for me. I realize that may eventually change. But, for the time being, I'm happy to be free of the electronic leash.
    297 days ago
  • LORI-K
    On my own Sparkpage I lament about being a lazy procrastinator. I enjoyed this blog and the perspectives you shared.
    Love the illustrations too!

    298 days ago
    My poor son and wonderful DIL are working hard to keep their three littles off screens and, especially, to keep the not-quite 11 yr old cell-phone free for another few years..lbut the pressure is brutal!

    298 days ago
    I know what you mean when you mention the difference between a week at home and a week somewhere else where the dust is someone else's problem. I have to say the local pics you took are inspiring for us wintered people. It looks like spring for you! I won't see any of those flowers for 2 - 3 more months.

    BTW, I think you are a VERY creative person. You have shared some of your painting projects with us and they are just as creative as the ones you posted from the book. At least I think so.
    298 days ago
    My daffodils, here in eastern VA, U.S.A. are all up with one intrepid blossom open now for 3 weeks! The usual date for the early blooms in my part of the world is about Feb. 20. Of course, some years they come quite late. But I am ready for an early spring this year.
    298 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    That will.be beautiful when the blooms arrive
    298 days ago
    Flowers!!! I had forgotten what they looked like, lol; just finished shovelling a 1"sheet of ice off my driveway. At least we have sun today. Stay safe and warm and make the most of your quiet time today.
    298 days ago
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  • RAVEN145
    Sounds like a great day
    298 days ago
    Yes, Gill. Heard about your fierce winds! Be safe. Glad you’re staying home.
    Love the illustrations! What fu.

    298 days ago
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