No More Good Ideas

Getting back to just Humans Being

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There was the decision to stop doing *that* thing.

The all-encompassing ‘thing’; the small business that became a bigger business; the enterprise that took all our time, and enterprise. Energy consumed. The freedom to explore new ideas stifled.

Time for a break.

A timely break.

A necessary break.

The purpose? To rediscover our capacity. To create the space to think, to be.

It was time to switch off the brain.

How is that going, guys?

OK, so it didn’t go so well.

It turns out that the brain literally won’t switch off. More ideas, different ideas … even the same ideas. All swirling around. Which triggers a reaction; some hidden need to put them in order and work them through. There’s an instinct to turn the ideas into plans, with timelines. Imaginary places suddenly have to be visualised into actual places.

For some strange reason we imagine that the imagined homes for our ideas to be brought to life in have to be brought to life … cue, time wasted on property pages.

A run down farm … that smallholding with outbuildings … yep, we’ll put the shower block there … the little writer’s studios in the woods over there … ah, yes, the studios; well, there’s this design for a garden office; that’s cool. A new design, you say … we could fit it out in a Scandi style. How close should we put that to the outdoor kitchen … oh, the kitchen; there’s some amazing outdoor range equipment I was looking at the other day; bookmark that. And some sort of canvas ‘sail’-type arrangement over the top … you know, like the guys at Fire + Wild. We’d need a forest; and an axe. Whoa, just look at those Swedish axes … they are the business … and wood piles; we’ll chop wood in the Summer, dry it in piles in that outbuilding there. That one … no, that one.

Lists.

Ideas.

Brain swirling.

STOP

This was meant to be a pause.

No ideas.

Shall we just take a step back now.

Slow things down a little.

Let’s just get the house sold. Buy the campervan. Roam a little. Take the ideas and set them in a different context. No lists. No searching for properties.

Give the ideas a rest.

Just humans, being

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A life well-lived; celebrating people, places and purpose; an encouragement to stay curious, optimistic and adventurous. Newsletter, every Sunday, 6pm sharp.