Last post, I started to explain what happiness meant to me. I see it as three points of a triangle: humour, imagination, and love. Humour is the easiest of the three to explain because you can see it’s effect. If you find something funny, you smile, chuckle, snicker, or laugh. If you like me though, you do all that plus shake, shimmy, fall to the ground. Imagination is something that is harder to describe than humour. It’s all in your head and hard to share without an effort to make it tangible for others to see. It’s like jumping into a bin of LEGO. There’s all these pieces and ideas, but by themselves they do not do much. Then you pick up a piece and connect it with another, and another, and another. Before you know it, you have built something.It can be touched, it’s no longer just a passing thought.
I’ve always said that I’m ideas man, sometimes too much of one. It can make it hard to focus with a whole bunch of different ramblings bouncing around in your head trying to compete for space. I’ve learned though that the best way to deal with it though is to write them down. There are very few times that you can find me without a pen and a notebook or a folded up piece of paper. Some ideas are better than others, and some take some more planning than others. Most though tend to be a bit different from most other people’s thoughts. I’ve always liked the expression of “Think/ing outside of the box” but like to think that my mind goes a few steps further to “Outside the city that box is in”. It can lead to some extremely crazy ideas, but in general, is fairly useful. I love to sit in on and participate in group brainstorming sessions to collaborate with others to solve important problems with creative ideas. The looks I see on people’s faces that I see can be really entertaining. Plus, it also tends to ground me a bit and help bring my ideas to fruition when others find them apeeling (pun intended).
Sometimes though, even with the best of planning and coordination, ideas fail which is alright as well. Nothing is a complete failure, because even from that “failure” was a learning experience that you can use to move forward with something else that is going on now, or new skills learned to use with a new project later. There are those out there though who will try to consistently shout you down and be negative towards your ideas for reasons that are only known to them. This is when you just have to smile, and surround yourself with positive people who can help you. Those ideas that are meant to be will, with hard work and determination, work out. Even if it isn’t what you expected to be when you started, it was meant to turn out the way it did. One of my favourite quotes exemplifies this:
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
And with that I shall leave you for now, but do know that if you have any ideas floating around, share them. There will always be someone out there who loves it and wants to help. The only dumb question or idea is one not shared.