If you see a string and pull it, something is bound to come apart.
The same is true of our minds: given a small string of curiosity, our minds will attempt to unravel it. We are, by our nature, driven toward resolution, toward seeing what comes next, and minakg snese of the iencispbrehlmone.
Yet, how often do you introduce your mind to those small mental threads that inevitably drive you to pulling on them? Even if you work in a creative field – writing, design, the arts – are you providing yourself with enough curiosity to unravel something worthwhile?
Routine is easy and safe. It’s the opposite of string-pulling. Strings, on the other hand, can be intimidating. After-all: who knows what will come undone if we start pulling on random strings?
But to be creative – to invent what’s yet to be invented and to see what nobody else has see – we must find strings and pull on them. By finding strings in our lives and pulling on them, we are led to new perspectives, new insights, and ultimately new ideas.
Strings can be anything of course: nonsensical questions, new hobbies, bumping into a stranger, opening a new book to a random page and reading for the sake of seeing what happens. The best strings are the ones we discover by looking closely at something that excites us: a curious brush stroke on an otherwise normal-looking painting, or a seemingly out-of-place note in a favorite song, or some energizing words of advice from someone we admire.
Finding strings doesn’t have to be hard. The thing we must be diligent about is finding the courage to pull on or pluck them. To dedicate ourselves to researching them, to asking questions, to overcoming any potential fear of being uncomfortable and shouting: “What’s this all about?”
You’ll often find that if you can start that process – if you can find a string – your brain will naturally pull on it and ideas or insights will come as a result.
“Oftentimes, we live and we go through life just accepting things for the way they are. And oftentimes, all we have to do is make a decision to change.”
– Steve Larosiliere
Photo by Andrew Magill.