Creativity and Insomnia

Yes, you are creative. We all are, but some of us believe we’re not creative because we don’t exercise our creative muscles. You need to use your creativity every day to solve problems, to continue to learn and stay vibrant.

As I was tossing and turning around 3:00 AM a few days ago, I realized that something very creative had happened to me. My entire concept of time changed. During my normal daily routine a second goes by in a flash, in fact I usually don’t accomplish much in a sixty second time frame. But as I was lying awake in the early morning darkness, every moment felt like an eternity. So I challenged myself to discover how many things I could think of between every second announced by the ticking of my bedroom clock. That got me thinking about Einstein and relativity – how things we believe to be static and finite are also fluid and ever changing.

My point is that my entire concept of time has changed since my insomnia. I’m playing with what a second feels like; I’m kind of in awe of how long a second seemed like in the middle of a long quiet night as compared to how quickly it goes by as I’m writing this blog article. My point is that this simple exercise is creativity; a change in the way we view every day stuff.

Take a small problem you’re trying to solve, or a decision you’re trying to make. Sit with it in a quiet place and think about it – just think bout it, but don’t try to ‘solve’ anything. Where does your mind go? Do you meet new ideas or new feelings while your mind is wandering? If you do, then you are being creative. You will stumble into new ideas and solutions to every day things if you create some quiet time to let your mind wander. Hopefully it won’t be a three am, but if it is then make the best of it. In fact it may become your finest hour!

I hope you’ll visit my speaking page to learn more about Harnessing Your Creative Power.

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