I used to get frustrated when I would ask people what they thought about something, or what ideas they had, only to receive blank stares on confused faces. My mind would be exploding with thoughts and all I got in return was a pair of shrugged shoulders. I have come to realize that people need to be prepped to brainstorm, think, and produce ideas. It’s almost impossible to have passionate ideas about something you haven’t spent much time thinking about.
For the last month I’ve been sending my Young Life team a daily email with some sort of quote, video, website – something – that has personally inspired me to think and see the world a little differently. By encouraging us ahead of time to think more (and hopefully to think differently), I expected that when we were eventually together as a team we would generate more (and hopefully better) ideas as we planned Young Life for the semester — thus avoiding shrugged shoulders and blank stares altogether.
If you’re interested, here is the first week of ideas. Most days include a link, so read, click, watch and explore. May you be inspired to think differently and produce creative ideas in whatever work you do.
*I’ll post the rest of the (days) in subsequent weeks…I think all 30 at once would be a bit overwhelming.
(day 1) – Fear of Bad Ideas (a Seth Godin blog post)
(day 2) – Questions from wefeelfine.org:
love | what do you love? anger | what makes you angry? sadness | what makes you sad? faith | what do you believe in? beauty | what’s beautiful? fun | what’s fun? past | what do you remember? hope | what is your wish? now | describe your world. you | who are you?
(day 3) – “The Clock” (Thom Yorke) – Music Video
(day 4) – Einstein on mystery:
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” -Albert Einstein
(day 5) – “On the Radio” (Regina Spektor) – Music Video
The chorus: This is how it works
You’re young until you’re not
You love until you don’t
You try until you can’t
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dying breath
No, this is how it works
You peer inside yourself
You take the things you like
And try to love the things you took
And then you take that love you made
And stick it into some
Someone else’s heart
Pumping someone else’s blood
And walking arm in arm
You hope it don’t get harmed
But even if it does
You’ll just do it all again
(day 6) – Why do you do what you do? (website)
(day 7) – “Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.” -Hannah Arendt