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The spark that lights the gunpowder



As children, we have an innate desire and ability to create and imagine a whole world within four blank walls. Far from being immutable, we seem to lose this ability with time, perhaps because it's under utilised, perhaps it's undervalued.


We finally got round to blitz cleaning our house on the weekend. The kids got straight on board with it, they’re young enough to still be excited to be able to do what mummy and daddy are doing and not too old to realise that they can justifiably enjoy not having to clean the house yet. We do not move the furniture nearly as often as we should do, especially when you see the amount of mess that is made on a daily basis by our two Tasmanian Devils as they tear through every room in our house whilst continuing to eat their dinner.


The kids had reached the stage of lockdown boredom within the four walls of our home, imagination have reached its limit until we pulled the couches out to vac behind them. I call them couches, no sooner had they moved, than they were pirate ships, pitching tumultuously through the vast ocean. Both kids up on them voyaging to find Captain Flint's bounty, though they may need to wait a few years before they'll understand this reference.


Such a subtle change in the environment had stimulated a rush of creativity in them and it can do exactly the same for us. If you're lacking a little inspiration in your life, rearranging your environment can give you a new perspective which can drive creativity.


Whilst I’m not suggesting that moving your computer to a different corner of the room will lead you to hoist the Jolly Roger out your surgery/office/home office window, you may be surprised at what making a small change to your environment or your daily routine can do to stimulate a little lateral thought.


With time and energy, these thoughts can grow into something more powerful, something that will benefit your life, or the life of those around you.


Without the spark of inspiration, it cannot start.


What are you doing to keep that spark alive? Or are you just going through the motions every day?


“If you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be quit of a very dirty scoundrel!”


And if you keep doing the same thing, you can expect to get the same result.


A small change in environment may just help you find that spark again.



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