They might not admit it. But every creative person wants a muse. You know, that go-to someone or something that jolts right brain stimulation when needed for content and communication.
After all, coming up with revolutionary ideas, powerful words, or world-class imagery is not always the easiest task in the world. Even when your veins are coursing with a triple-shot Americano. Or a handful of M&M's (peanuts, please).
Sure, I'll be the first to admit that strolling through the art museum, listening to a musical savant or taking in a documentary at your favorite movie house can provoke some good thinking...even extraordinary from time-to-time.
But I'll also add that these "arty" experiences are anything but fail-safe.
Over this past weekend, I asked the question if there really is any "tried and true" path to finding on-demand creativity.
I was thinking about this in a pretty off-beat location. To be precise, while at Willamette National Cemetery visiting close family members.
Outside of the warm wind rustling a few trees every so often, you could hear virtually nothing over this 270-acre sanctuary. A rare occurrence I can assure you, in a loud and busting at the seams 2.3 million metropolitan area.
I think the fact that it was the third straight day of mercury hitting the century mark that kept all but me and three others who crossed my path that morning from visiting such a tranquil peace of earth.
But after 10 minutes of peace the answer hit me.
If you really want to tap into a well of creativity at just about any time, you find a place of solitude. No conversation, no music, no urban noise. Nothing to get you amped up, ramped up or angry.
Just peace and quiet.
Just the stillness of your mind.
And it works every...single...time.
Think Lao Tzu, Hawthorne and Monet. It's a secret the great philosophers, writers and painters have known for centuries. When you've quieted your self-talk and emptied your cerebral cortex, all kinds of good things seem to bubble up to the surface.
For me last Saturday, it was the idea and content for this blog post, what critical advice to give my son about a job search and a spark for my biz partner and me, as we create strategies for conscientious organizations.
In fact, I even came up with a creative answer to my most pressing challenge of that day.
I picked a Washington cab over an Oregon pinot for a weekend dinner party.
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