Let's check in with Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher whom I consider to be the world's first creativity teacher. His thought for today is:
Like just about all of Heraclitus' insights, this one can be
interpreted in a variety of ways. But today, the creativity strategy I
see in his words is:
Life continually surprises us.
Problems spring up in places that were trouble-free only just yesterday. Opportunities arise in long stagnant arenas. Routines that yielded predictable results stop working.
Heraclitus reminds us that nothing is permanent and we shouldn't become slaves to our assumptions.
We should also remember that like the sun in Heraclitus' epigram, our own state of mind is also continually changing.
Some days you may be alert and lucid, while others you may be angry or mentally exhausted.
Sometimes you're optimistic about what's just around the corner, and sometimes you're filled with melancholy about the past.
All of these states of mind "color" the way we think about the problems and opportunities before us.
What issue do you need to rethink? Is the idea you reacted against yesterday really so bad? Does the idea you fell in love with last week still shine? What would benefit from a fresh look?