Ideas are poison.
I know what you might be thinking.
This sounds horribly negative especially coming from an idea person,
Who spends the majority of her time in an art studio.
What I have noticed, though, being around a multitude of great ideas on a daily basis is how paralyzing they can be. Most of the conversations that get started in my space begin like this, “I have an idea” or “I thought of a great idea” then sometimes “me and ____ were talking and we have this idea”. We hit a high at that moment, right when it’s leaving our brain, rolling off our tongue to the runway of someone else’s expression. The idea person imagines that barfing out of said idea is going to engulf the moment with fireworks and transform their responder’s very life. Most times, however, it makes a mighty splash down and the idea person looks into eyes to see all the holes that didn’t exist the moment before the barf. It’s a long way down, the fall from idea to hard sell.
Artists have 100 great ideas a day and we almost always want to achieve all of them with perfectionistic precision. We see the 99.5 of the failures and judge ourselves on those. We see the dreams of what might be and the risks we take trying to figure out which is the one to pour ourselves into. We crash and burn because we often have to believe in an idea alone, fund it and see it through until we’re wrung out like yesterday’s dishrag.
Never more apparent is the idea poison than in January.
We somehow roll over from our turkey coma into champagne new year resolve believing that all the hurts and failures are in the past. Somewhere around January 20th we launch into idea mode and find an accumulation stacking up behind us again.
What if, this year could be different?
What if, we could decide that all our ideas are fantastic EVEN if they only ever stopped right at the tip of our tongues.
What I know for sure is, an idea only spoken with the intent of selling it is already a failure…
It’s in the human connection with true collaborators that good ideas are born.
Competitive energy versus creative energy will fail us every time.
Inspiration or ‘spirit breath’ into a mind is not something to be wasted with mere words.
This year I choose something ‘BETTER’ for my ideas and those I often barf all over.
creative, inclusive, connective action.