Our ideas can be like clouds in the sky being shaped by the currents of thought within the mind. They form unique shapes, but those shapes are ever changing, even if in the most minute details. Every second brings change and the cloud that once was will never be again. Unless recorded, the unique form is lost forever.
A Lost Idea
By: Daniel Derasaugh
It was there.
Swirling inside with everything else.
Radiant in unique yet brief flare.
Notice was drawn to its beauty.
I had it!
Undeveloped, yes, but it was there,
Standing out, shinning with potential,
Yet only for a brief moment.
A morphing shape.
It changed to something similar,
But not the same. What was it?
Now just a shadow in my mind.
I chase it.
The ever-changing cloud drifting across the sky.
I have not the tools to catch it;
Remember it, record it, mold and craft it.
Its gone now.
Never again to return exactly as it was.
Words scattered into the breeze of other thoughts.
A lost idea.
I think I’ll start carrying a journal and pen.
The subject of my previous post was about the importance of morality in the way our ideas can impact the world. I am at this time focused on the first act of creativity, and since I seem to be fixed with exploring my interests poetically, a particular thought came to mind.
I have recently began to wonder how many poems (published and unpublished) have been written. The answer is likely in the billions throughout history, far more than any of us could read. But then I try to add to that the number the poems people have composed within their minds, yet for whatever reason, failed to write down.I find it a sort of tragedy that such creativity should disappear into the void of forgetfulness as if it never existed to begin with. Chances are that such an arrangement of words will never again come together precisely as the initial creator had crafted them.
Our minds can unexpectedly and spontaneously create amazing organizations of words with meaning. There were times when that happened to me and I struggled to remember lines that would have been great for poetry, stories, or quotes. There was nothing available for me to use to write them down, or record in some way. As I went over them in my head, trying to memorize the lines I discovered that the organization of the words would often change, and sometimes degrade in their quality until the initial meaning was lost.
So now I try to carry a little journal and pencil or pen wherever I go to record and catch them when they appear in kind of my own personal version of Pokemon Go.
Crafted from thought and imagination, an idea is born, and if fostered and nourished can change the world in minor or drastic ways. It is the beginning of creation, the point where thought transforms into a plan with the potential for execution. To leave the confines of the human mind to be shared with others, to take form, and to perhaps set on a path or transformed by controlling forces to something unintended by the creator. What governs how an idea develops and the path it should take?
Course of an Idea
By: Daniel Derasaugh
To create or destroy.
Encourage or push down.
Free or enslave.
An idea. A thought born,
a growing light,
Or a gathering darkness.
To improve the world,
Or to grasp power.
The choice is not its own.
The creator guides it,
But cannot control it forever.
For ideas, once born, outlive the architect.
Others will take command.
Where will it go? What will it cause?
Ah! My dear friends; we shall soon see;
the importance of ethics and morality.
An idea is a burst of new thought, or old thought renewed in a different way. This alone does not determine a positive or negative effect on the world, but all ideas have one of the the two, or even a mixture of both. The idea itself is usually not the deciding factor if it is to be positive or negative. Instead it is the force that is in charge of it, guiding it to whatever purpose they desire.
But people do not really steer an idea in one direction or another, either. It is the ethics and moral code that they live by that does that. The architect may or may not be aware of it, but whatever moral principles they live by will determine the course of all ideas they create or take charge of. Ethics and morals that are firmly adhered to take on a great importance as they are the shields against allowing an idea to be utilized as a destructive element.
Guide them well.
A photo of a fence in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It does not really have anything to do with this post other than I needed a nice looking featured image and I had recently been there and found this spot very impressive.
A back to school concept to go over with students/children.
After failing at something:
- Determine cause of failure.
- Fix those causes, or plan how to avoid them.
- Try again.
- Repeat if necessary till all causes are identified and removed or addressed.
- Get angry.
- Blame others.
- Get discouraged.
Failure teaches us how NOT to do something. With some thought and corrections, we can learn how to do that thing and succeed in it. This is really just a fancy way of saying “Trial and Error”. It is important to remember that failure is how we learn. If it did not work one way, or the desired results were not achieved, then you have learned what does not work, and are now one step closer to find out what will.
Shakira’s song from the movie Zootopia is a great way to express this belief: