TED talks have been a great source of joy for me over the last several years. I have found comfort, encouragement and mystery. All three of these help me. It is often what my soul needs to grow.
Yesterday I came across this one on where ideas come from
Without going into great detail the parts I liked best was how coffee shops helped lead the enlightenment, sputnik (launched 2 years before my birth), and finally the main thesis. [Your homework will be to verbalize what you believe to be the main thesis.]
Today I have the day off. I booked it off sometime ago. I needed to get rid of some holidays. More importantly I wanted to find a good way to transition through the last months of winter into spring and avoid the winter depression I usually have. Taking Friday’s off has helped.
Tying all these idea’s together will help me focus on what I am going to do today. I wonder what is going to happen to me next…
As always be well – dcd
One of the common themes and tips I have read about writing, is to just write. Write every day, just write something.
So of course the first thing I did was to start watching TED videos. Sadly though, the random video I selected to avoid writing was from an author, Elizabeth Gilbert. I never read, Eat, Pray, Love. Never saw the movie.
Unfortunately the video was very captivating and she describes some aspects of creativity that made great sense to me.
There are many parts that I liked in this video, but for today this is the one for me:
I just lifted my face up from the manuscript and I directed my comments to an empty corner of the room. And I said aloud, “Listen you, thing, you and I both know that if this book isn’t brilliant that is not entirely my fault, right? Because you can see that I am putting everything I have into this, I don’t have any more than this. So if you want it to be better, then you’ve got to show up and do your part of the deal. O.K. But if you don’t do that, you know what, the hell with it. I’m going to keep writing anyway because that’s my job. And I would please like the record to reflect today that I showed up for my part of the job.”
P.S. I sincerely doubt that I will ever read Eat, Pray, Love – but I will greedly await her next TED Talk…
P.P.S. – Excuse me I have to go write…
Be Well – dcd