The older I get, the less I know. — Pam Ferris
Simplicity is harder to find as we age. We become complicated by our experiences and know with more certainty that there is seldom one right way to do anything. Yet we search for it anyway.
What did we know before our experience? I often ask clients the question “what would make this easy?” to break them away from the weight of the overthinking that can come from experience.
The first “assignment” I ever received from a coach was to buy and read Where the Wild Things Are. Her purpose was to connect me to with my wild side and encourage my imagination to roam freely. I’ve continued to collect kids books. They take humanity’s truths found at the core of each of us and create a story around them with few words and grandiose illustrations. They are simple. They remind us of the knowledge we may have lost on the paths of our lives.
Last week I picked up What Do You Do With an Idea. Today’s wisdom comes from the back cover of the book as a reminder to nurture your ideas.
What do ideas become? Big things, brave things, smart things, silly things, good things. Things like stories, artwork, journeys, inventions, communities, products, and cures. Everything you see around you was once an idea.
So what will become of your idea? Now that’s up to you.