AYWM 15: Journal Prompt – Bright Ideas: Cultivating and Capturing Good Ideas
by C. A. Kobu on April 9, 2012
In last week’s post, we talked about fearless living and looked into ways for working our courage muscles.
(See my response to the prompt here: https://mizmeliz.com/2012/04/20/what-does-fear-look-like/ )
This week, on the other hand, is all about ideas and creative sparks.
The exciting theme of this module is “Bright Ideas: Cultivating and Capturing Good Ideas.”
As Michael Michalko says, (I found this to be poetic and profound. . .)
“When you surround yourself with images of your intention—
who you want to become or what you want to create—
your awareness and passion grows.”
My awareness and passion grows. . . yes! I recall my mantra . . .
“I commit my passion to my cause, knowing that passion is the power that creates new life, new joys, and new accomplishments for myself and others.”
And ideas are the marrow of creative intention.
At the same time, they are the wild horses of our minds.
They hate to be fenced in. So if you want to capture them and help them grow into beautiful projects, you have to use other methods.
This week, I got together with Dyana Valentine, who is a fiery instigator and idea midwife, and Tom Evans, who is known as the wizard of light-bulb moments. We discussed methods for sparking creativity, capturing ideas and turning the right ones into projects.
I’m Not Sorry
By Dyana Valentine
There is something I really want to say to you about the way that we could decide to move through the world.
We could decide that today we would not apologize for who we are.
We could decide that every time we say, “I’m sorry,” today, we say, “Wait, wait let me think about that. Am I really sorry? Or did I mean excuse me? Or did I mean I’m afraid?”
Let’s clarify what we mean by that.
And lets move through the world without apology where it’s not due.
What is your story of “I’m not sorry”? Write about it.
(See my response to this prompt here: https://mizmeliz.com/2012/04/23/i-am-fat-and-i-am-not-sorry/ )
Think about the creative ideas you’ve executed (or thought about executing) so far and those you are cultivating today. Which ideas are you not sorry about? Express your feelings by writing or painting about not being sorry about your ideas and sticking up for them.
The rest is me. . . Okay, here I go!
I feel the need to expand on the creativity portion of the prompt. I wrote about not being sorry which was empowering and sustained me for awhile. But to move forward with the A Year with Myself exercises, I wanted to discuss cultivating my creativity and following through on my ideas.
Here is one example that comes to mind of how I was not sorry for my idea and for sticking it through. The way my husband and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary came about in a somewhat unusual process. There were many options and we discussed it from time to time over the past year. We talked about going on a trip, taking a romantic holiday, going out to dinner, taking the family out to dinner, hosting a dinner for a larger group at a restaurant, lots of things. We finally made a decision that turned out to be a great idea, one that became a creative gift for me.
My husband suggested that to cut costs we could have a small dinner party at home with our family and a few friends. I think my eyes lit up because I could almost see my excitement reflect on his face. To him a small dinner party is no big deal. Friends, family and food. Fantastic! To me, there is no such thing as small, and “dinner party” has the word party in it, it’s implied. I am having a party! Yay! I love parties!
I starting cooking up some creative ideas right away. I bounced some thoughts around with my most creative cohorts. My best friend, Chef Holly Markman (of http://hollyshomemade.com ) and I talked about what could be served and she agreed to help. My brother-in-law, who dabbles in decorating and is an event coordinator, asked me my all time favorite question. . . (cue the dramatic music!)
“What is your theme?”
(Hee, hee – of course I have already thought about this!!)
“I want either Parisian or Tuscany.” I answered.
He was in. We decided on “A Tuscany Dinner Party.”
The rest of the family offered their support and promised to help clean up and set up so we could have the sit down dinner in our back yard. I immediately started making the guest list, working out a menu, the whole routine. I’ve got this down and I couldn’t be happier! My all time favorite creative outlet is event design. I’ll get an image in my mind of how I want it to look and feel and I don’t stop until I’m there.
This dinner party idea had been a wild horse in my mind for a very long time. I pictured our family and our closest friends all together, sitting outside in our backyard at a beautifully dressed table, under a canopy, aglow in candlelight, eating a delicious meal. It was not what my husband was imagining when he uttered the words, “dinner party.” Perhaps he just said, “dinner at home.” I heard dinner party because that was my heart’s desire. And he was fine with it. My design came to be with a lot of help from our loved ones and it was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary! My celebration started the moment I started planning! I may have spent too much time, money and effort on what was supposed to be simple and cost efficient, but. . . I am not sorry!