I must begin by apologizing for the delay in this post. Monday turned out to be a day of excitement with our offer on a short sale home finally getting approved (yay!) and a trip to Pediatric Urgent Care for x-rays (boo!). All is fine though, and I’ll probably share the story later this week. But right now I’m playing catch up, so let’s get to it, with some good stuff to help cultivate that creative thinking!
Creative Writing to Stretch Your Creative Thinking
I heard about this book during an NPR interview while out running errands one recent Saturday and was so intrigued by the premise of the book that I ordered it before the interview even finished!
Written by a David Eagleman, a neuroscientist who specializes in time perception, this book of fiction presents 40 snippets positing what we could find after we die. Religious beliefs aside, this book is fascinating work of creative writing. Most folks who imagine an afterlife generally picture big, fluffy, white clouds or a fiery pits of hell. Although sometimes I do imagine hell to be a Chuck E. Cheese where I’m stuck in that filthy pool of colored balls with horrible little kids sneezing and and screaming all around me. But I digress…
Eagleman imagines afterlives where God is actually a married couple or where your life events are re-lived by subject (sleeping, pain, happy times) rather than chronological order…crazy ideas like that.
There is much to love about a book like this. I love that a scientist is writing about the afterlife, especially since science and religion are often treated as opposing views of life, rather than considering the possibility of a symbiotic relationship between the two. I love how reading books like this help you stretch your own creative thinking. And I love how Eagleman’s stories of the afterlife give you much to think about in this life.
Copyblogger has a great guest post entitled, “8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity and Stifle Your Success.” For those just getting in the habit of stretching your creative muscles, it’s full of great advice and reassurance. For those whose creative muscles are bit more developed, it’s full of great advice and reassurance. I find myself guilty of #1 and fighting off the bad feelings that #6 can bring.
Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
Somewhere this week, I don’t remember where, I read this bit of advice for changing the “buts” in your thinking to “ands” as a means of converting excuses into problem solving exercises. It’s a great way of improving your life, as well as stretching your creative muscles.
So instead of saying, “I’d like to lose 20 lbs, BUT I hate to exercise,” you change it to, “I’d like to lose 20 lbs, AND I hate to exercise.” Instead of giving up and parking your lazy ass on the couch, you begin thinking of ways to make this weight loss happen despite your distaste for exercise. Are you going to eat healthier? Find things to do that get you moving but don’t feel like exercise? Reward yourself when you do exercise? Hold a bake sale and start raising money for lipo?
What nagging problem in your life could you apply this change of thinking to right now?