Then this morning, I saw this quote posted by Soulseeds Coach.
I probably should have pulled myself out of bed and written down all of my ideas instead of chastising myself for not sleeping.
This week I've heard a lot of talking about ideas and seeing no action. Then I heard the mother of all annoyances, "Well, I don't have an idea, but this is a problem."
It's one thing to vent to your inner circle about something, but it's another thing entirely to come to the people in a position to make change and complain without offering a single suggestion.
Lately, I'm bubbling over with ideas.
A friend and rink pal almost looked scared last night and said, "You have a lot of ideas." He's not especially chatty, I honestly think I terrify him some days, but I think it was a compliment.
Now it's up to me to make them into reality.
I won't lie, I'm often overwhelmed by my ideas and the work they entail. I can't possibly do it all, try as I might.
But if I'm being completely honest, when the ideas are flowing, I feel like I'm the most engaged, the most useful. I feel incredibly alive.
When the ideas are flowing, it takes some discipline to prioritize, organize and follow through. Some ideas will fall by the wayside, or on a lower rung. And that's okay. The very act of doing makes all that idea brewing matter. I don't know if I'd feel so alive about my ideas if they never amounted to anything beyond that.
But I believe it is a duty almost to use those ideas, coupled with whatever skills we may have, to make life better. For ourselves, for those around us, for those we haven't met yet, for those we may never meet.
I know I'll say many, many times that I'm overwhelmed and exhausted, but in my heart of hearts, I just can't let the ideas go untried.
Do ideas make you come alive? How do you turn them into action?
And here's a few links that have gone unshared in recent weeks but are still kicking around in my browser tabs.
Pretty much stop doing all 12 things on this list.
Schedule your days like the great creatives.
Let Twitter lists work for you.
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