Finding the Right Idea

Brian picI’m trying to think of something where finding the right idea is unimportant. Nothing gets going, or keeps going, without an idea behind it, just as nothing gets discontinued without that becoming the right idea.

Ideas start out eluding us. They exist beyond the familiar, ready to appear when the thinker is in think mode and receptive. No matter how aggressive or assertive a person is, ideas do not reward only aggressive and assertive people but await entry into those who diminish themselves enough to receive. This does not devalue the thinker; in fact, it recognizes that the person who thinks, is an ebb and flow person—someone who receives as well as transmits.

Once someone catches on to this, ideas come. The wait may be shorter or longer, for ideas like to test thinkers to see if they can hold out until the idea makes itself known. Chronically impulsive people do not do well at this until they slow down and accept that ideas respect speed at times, even haste, but not impulsiveness.idea1

When an idea comes, communication follows. It can be verbal or written, or even nonverbal or technologically communicated. Probably though, after passing all forms of communication through a sieve, what is left will be a significant deposit of verbal and written particles.

As much as ideas like to be spoken or written, they also like it when clutter is not forced upon them. A good idea may have lots of other ideas suddenly spark up into a field of ideas. Any or all of the ideas can have details that work well with them. Before long, the scene can be like the overstuffed closet that too much was thrown into. The closet just can’t hold all of that.

overflowing-closetSome of the other ideas may have to die off, or else be relocated to another closet for another discourse. As democratic as ideas are, they know that for a good idea to shine, it must not be presented with too many other ideas or nonessential information. Often times, an idea can gain power and focus by what is taken away around it, so that it now stands in clearer relief. As useful as the other ideas and information may be, it may not be the time for them to be front stage, or even on stage.

In order not to offend other good ideas and information, it can be helpful to write them down. That way, they know that they are preserved and regarded. Of course, if an idea is a bad idea and always will be a bad idea, it can go unrecorded. For example, pernicious ideas can be easily dismissed since they might lead to criminal behavior.idea3

Most of the time, however, a bad idea is only bad in a certain setting, but perfect in another. Suppose someone gets the idea to eat pizza five days in a row for every meal. This is hard to imagine as a healthy option, unless amazing amounts of nutritious food groups make their way onto perhaps thin crust pizza. But for the person stranded for five days without food except for grossly unhealthy pizza, I would say eat that pizza every meal.

Ideas are fun. It can be tense hoping for one and waiting for one. Those who learn receptivity get more at ease and consistent, but they are never without tension in the process because what is unknown at first always has its mystique; yet even at that, getting ideas becomes an adventure, not a dreaded adversity.

idea4Communication is also fun. Ideas take pleasure in being depicted, and they don’t mind expressers having to take public speaking, composition, or other courses in which ideas come to thinkers for articulation. When communication bogs down or gets tense (the inevitable goads to persistence), take a break or relax. Ideas flourish in low intensity as well as high intensity.

For those who have had those courses and are now regular practitioners, they will tell you that the whole process from receptivity to expression never loses its joy. If the world ever learns to get on without ideas, I would like to know who got the idea behind that and how it is applied. I’m not worried about it happening though.


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