In the light of the great value placed upon creativity, a stranger to our planet might infer that it is rare indeed. Yet nearly all of the characteristics of the creative mind are present in young children! The child explores the environment, coins words, synthesizes phrases. S/he relishes surprises and copes with a challenge. S/he daydreams, discovers, asks questions unceasingly. Her perceptions are fresh, strictly his own."
Marilyn Ferguson, The Brain Revolution, 1973
My son, Todd, gave me a precious Mother's Day gift. What Do You Do With An Idea is a book written for the child within each of us. Kobi Yamada, writer, and Mae Besom, illustrator have produced a wonderful book revealing how ideas come into your life, sometimes invited, sometimes not.
Where did it come from? Why is it here? What do you do with an idea?
It is true, at least for me, that my best ideas come to me. They do not come from me. It is true that in the beginning, they seem to settle within my head as a tiny seed. They demand attention.
I can act like it doesn't belong to me, I can walk away from it. But it follows me.
The authors unfold the story as the idea grows and demands attention and stewardship.
But there was something magical about my idea. I had to admit, I felt better and happier when it was around.
It wanted food. It wanted to play. Actually, it wanted a lot of attention!
It grew bigger and we became friends.
And finally, the idea gets accepted and a friendship evolves...
Then, one daym something amazing happened. My idea changed right before my eyes. It spread its wings, took flight, and burst into the sky!
I don't know how to describe it, but it went from being here to being everywhere. It wasn't just a part of me anymore...it was now part of everything!
And then, I realized what you do with an idea... you change the world!
A colleague and I once set out to write a book about where ideas come from. We covered our white walls with potential content. Our thoughts were filled with inspiration and ideas that showed up in this book. But, they were far more complex and convoluted. Now reading this book, I think we missed the mark by not asking the idea for the book to lead us, to write the story. Instead we tried to time box it, control it, influence it with complex ideas. We let the idea slip away. But it didn't die; it found a new home, a new way to grow into something wonderful and precious!