Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Simple joys

We all have things we look forward to. It breaks up the monotony of our daily existence. Without these thrills, life becomes an incessant bore.

Some people look forward to hearing a song, or watching a show. Others are excited to read a book or watch a movie. Then, there are those who breathlessly anticipate a certain event. Yet, that which is precious is often lost.

Life drones on and such simple joys get washed away. It does not care what you want. And thus, we are left with only what we need.

Subsistence is mere existence. It is a state of emptiness. Everything becomes hollow, as if mere props for us to enact our daily miseries.

If a person cannot do that which they enjoy, they will not last long. I have seen this happen. Without enjoyment, they just waste away.

Those we love give our lives meaning. The things we enjoy, brighten our outlook. Cherish them now, against the day of their inevitable loss.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The birth of innovation

Desperation gives birth to innovation. You cannot keep doing the same thing, expecting a different outcome. When reason fails, it is time to get crazy.

Creativity does not flourish in captivity. It needs room to run and space to roam free. Fear boxes you in, with crippling results.

It is not sense that must give way, but insensible restrictions. Making things requires a bit of the mad scientist. Take the bubbling contents of those vials, mix them together and see what happens.

To succeed, it is necessary to go beyond. Those who are stuck in one place, can only stare at the finish line. It will forever be kept from them.

Risks are essential, but they must be calculated ones. Know where you are going before you deviate from the path. Or else you could find yourself lost in the field to the left.

Everyone wants to triumph over adversity with their sanity intact. This would be fine, if it were feasible. But the creative process is fraught with insanity from beginning to end... and back again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What could be

There are many things wrong with our world. Creativity is the desire to make it right. Or at least make it better.

Real life is dull. Even our appreciation of the world is filtered through our desire to improve upon it. Nature is not as interesting as we imagine it to be.

The natural order is a relationship of predator and prey. Flight is preferred and fights are avoided unless you have the distinct advantage. If so, then you mercilessly slaughter the weak to get what you need.

Only man can see things as better than they truly are. At its worst, this leads to naivety. At best, it gives us hope.

In imagining, we are inspired to make better. Our creativity is unleashed, and we set our hearts to the task. Art is our blueprint to change the world.

We see what is wrong and set about to fix it. This requires imagination and introspection. It takes vision to see beyond what is to what it could be.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A better way

That which does not adapt does not survive. Change can be painful, but it is necessary. If something is not working, it is foolish to continue doing it.

It is not always easy to know what you should do. Many paths seem like they should lead to your destination. And the shortest route is not always the best.

A better way will prove its superiority. You can discern by the results that your decision was a good one. If you have nothing to show, chances are you have chosen poorly.

Take care not to rush to judgment. The fruits of your labors take time to mature. And a great deal of work will be required.

If you tend the tree and it does not bear fruit, then you cut it down and burn it. Energy is far too precious to waste on wishful thinking. Toss failed notions on the pile and seek out the fresh ones.

Success is a road paved with failure. It does no good to weep for spoiled crops. Save your tears to combine with sweat and blood to make your dreams a reality.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Inspiration in action

We are assaulted constantly with the tedium of everyday existence. Life will never change, but we can change what we do with it. All it takes is imagination.

To imagine is like dreaming while one is awake. It is a creative mind's reaction against the encroachment of boredom. Worlds are born from the seed of discontent.

That which is envisioned, is merely the real world seen in a better light. A place where life is not full of incessant toil. A land where enjoyment thrives.

Why do we watch movies or read books? We are looking for something better. While escapism can be a form of self-delusion, monotony breeds misery and sucks what life we do have into the void.

So many things have become better, because we imagined they could be. And then, we set out to make our dreams a reality. We honestly recognized our limitations, and purposely worked to overcome them.

Imagination is inspiration in action. It is refusing to be shackled to convention, opening the mind to all the possibilities. We are what we are, and have what we have, because we imagined better.