Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Power of a Great Idea

Ideas. How many does one person have in one day? Surely we have more than there are stars, more than there are grains of sand. Each thought, each response brings a new possibility − an idea − to our heads, some of them actually get to our hands. We think of ideas as creativity and the actions they bring innovations.

Not all ideas are so special. Some are downright bland and boring. Some are self-indulgent plans for glory. Some are wishes without substance. Some are dreams we won’t invest in.

Ideas can be impractical, improper, or impossibly beyond imagination’s dreamy land. Ideas can be great, grand, and goofy − well worth pursuing, playing with to find where they take us and who with.

Every long time an idea happens, when a piece of this collides with a bit of that. Suddenly, what you have is a great idea. It’s not great because you had it. It’s great because you recognize it. You realize that it’s something you, your friends, and people you don’t know have needed it for a so very long.

That’s when you have to take the idea out of your head and put it in your hands to build on it. Then it’s time to set your feet to run.

− me strauss Letting me be


Rain said...

How did you know, we've been brainstorming a lot lately. So many ideas!

Tell No One said...

"Believe in everything you need and it will be there"

I'll think about that when I'm trying to move my ideas to pavement.



dsnake1 said...

"Ideas. How many does one person have in one day? "

hmm, i have no idea about that, but you are probably right, there are as many as the stars. :)

a good post, Liz!

"ME" Liz Strauss said...

Hello Rain!
How wonderful to see you! Maybe ideas are just in the air. Maybe . . . I live inside your computer. :)

"ME" Liz Strauss said...

Hi Katrina,
Believe that you have the power in your hands and your heart and you have more than you think. Is there anything unconditional love cannot heal? Is there any friend it can't make?

"ME" Liz Strauss said...

Your "I have no idea" made me laugh out loud. Thank you for that my first laugh on Saturday morning. Have wonderful ideas to day, Dsnake and then go out and enjoy one.

Anonymous said...

I like the kind of ideas I get every once in a l-o-n-g while that are the kind that keep nagging at me until I do something with it. It's as if the idea itself won't let me rest until I bring it to birth. Usually it has to keep knocking at my door until I recognize it, like you say. Then, I can't NOT act on it.

"ME" Liz Strauss said...

Those ARE great ideas, Dawn. Yes I hear in your voice exactly how good they are. I have those kind too, by the time I act, they are fully formed. Whew! What relief that is. Yes.

Trée said...

Liz, one thing is certain. You do not suffer from lack of ideas. If every idea in your mind was a star, your head would shine with the power of a thousand Milky Ways. :-)

"ME" Liz Strauss said...

What shines is my smile when you come by to visit and when you're here to listen as I think them up.

Carolyn Manning said...

Liz, I can always count on you to get my mind going. Today I cleaned out my mailbox and now there's no one to talk to, so I said to myself, "self, if I was you, which I am", I'd go pay a few visits. Helluvan idea that turned out!

"ME" Liz Strauss said...

Hi Carolyn,
I'm delighted that you found something useful here and happy to see you! What fun!