Which led me to wonder, because I like to allow distraction, whenever possible...
I wanted to know: What is the difference between a great idea and inspiration?
Idea: Any conception
existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness or activity.
-A thought, conception or notion.
-An opinion, view, or belief.
Inspire: To fill with an animating, quickening or exalting influence.
-To produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.)
-To influence or impel.
The artist interview gave me an idea – a thought resulting from mental understanding. The resulting Internet search led to yet another idea. Whilst I was mentally constructing a concept from those ideas, I was instantly filled with animation and quickening. I suddenly imagined a whole, complete ‘something’ that may or may not have already existed.
My ideas are very mental. I mechanically build a concept a block at a time – like this Blog. I get ‘ideas.’ I jot them down. I ruminate on them. Then I construct them into sentences/communication. Then I throw them out and start again.
Inspiration feels like a download of a complete vision. A fully constructed ‘something’ that already exists somewhere, I just need to begin the journey to get to it.
I took what I believe is a step toward a really cool ‘something’ today. I’ll let you know how it
Is there a way to provoke inspiration? I have some ideas about that! Next week I will share with you the ‘method’ that works for me.