If we, and our thought-lives, are a stream flowing, is that a stream of consciousness?
Do we wander aimlessly across the landscape?
Are we a river, a waterfall, or a reservoir held back by some damn dam?
Are we waiting to blossom or resigned to cower in a dark corner far from the spotlight?
We shine best and brightest when we aren’t thinking about anything else – with 100% focus on what matters most.
Let your mind go wild.
Let thoughts wander around like unrestrained toddlers.
Not all day, but for a little while each day – take a few minutes to imagine what you might do if nobody was watching, nobody was judging, and the results would not be measured or graded.
I know the tendency is to say to yourself, “Sure, but I’ll know, I will hold myself to a high standard.”
But should you?
A toddler doesn’t care who sees them and has no expectations of high achievement; they pursue what they are curious about, wander wherever the next distraction takes them, and feel safe because we watch out for toddlers, so they don’t stray too far or hurt themselves. But we aren’t toddlers, so there is no need for apprehension about what might happen with an idea, a curiosity, or a fresh approach to anything.
So why is it so tough to have a child-like imagination of curiosity and invention?