This week’s prompt is:
“Focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.” — Edward de Bono
How Does It Work?
The rules are on the IBQ page, but they are simple: blog about what the prompt means to you and then come back here and leave a link. There is no word limit. Each week I will have a specific word or expression to get the creative juices flowing. Think about them in terms of the relevance to your life. Then sit down and write a blog. You get extra credit if you include a photo or graphic. Tag it with IBQ. After you’ve posted, come back here to that week’s specific prompt page and add a link to your blog in my comment box. Then check out what other introverts are saying. Remember to “Follow” my blog to get your weekly reminders.
Here is my contribution. Come back and leave a link to your contribution after you publish it.
Like many introverts, I have a huge ability to bring my focus to anything that I find interesting. I can get lost in new ideas, research, exploring, thinking, asking questions and finding answers. When I’m really “tuned in” the house could probably burn down around me and I’d never notice. Focus? I’m an expert. The rest of the world ceases to exist for me when I’m focused.
Sometimes my focus amuses me, like when I stop typing and realize that one of my cats has climbed up on my desk and settled across my arms as I typed. I don’t know how long he’s been there. I never noticed because I was so focused on getting my thoughts down on paper.
I have a tendency to discount myself as a creative person because I don’t paint or write songs or do other artsy things. That minimizing of myself is a bad habit I’m trying to break. There are so many types of creativity. I need to acknowledge my own brand of creativity. Writing is one of them, certainly, but what else?
de Bono’s quote seems powerful to me because it’s the everyday things that we focus on that speak to who we really are. They are the source of our creativity. My focuses are Cee (soul mate), our “kids” (two cats and two pugs), qigong (an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine), The Dougy Center (my volunteer work with grieving children and families) and now this blog and the work I’m doing with introverts. Those are my everyday things. They are the source of my creativity, my passion, and my joy.
I wasn’t smart enough to put all those ideas together on my own. Cee filled in some blanks for me. Soul mates are wonderful things to have around when you get writer’s block.
So what do those everyday things tell you about me? That at the core of me I’m a healer. I like to help set things right. Help put the pieces back together again. Help people find answers to the things that trouble them, then help them move beyond. That’s what keeps me creative. It keeps me writing these words, and reaching out to all of you. As we share our experiences and realize we aren’t alone, we can start to celebrate our talents and interests. We can laugh together. (Introverts are so funny!) We can encourage each other. That is what makes my life so much fun. My creativity is in my ability to listen, observe and think of new ways to say things. I create word bridges to take people from one place to another.
I hope you’re enjoying this journey, because I certainly am.
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. Look for my ongoing series celebrating introverts (Sunday), writing prompts for introverts (Wednesday) and introvert cartoons (Thursday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime. Come and share with like-minded introverts. I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.