It is so easy to get caught up in small, cramped thoughts (to name a few: I hate my job, I have do finish all of these things by the end of the day, I will never have enough money).
I recently added the idea of the expansive thought to my bag of tricks to get myself out of mental messes. Instead of dwelling on the small thoughts that put me into a box, I am trying to think of the most wide, expansive thoughts I can. So far, one of my favorites is this:
I think one of the biggest fears for a lot of creative people is that they will one day run out of ideas. I believe this fear is part of the reason behind writer’s block and vast periods of un-creativity that leave us feeling uninspired and unfulfilled. There is this fear that there will be nothing new to say, or that we each have a particular number of ideas, and once they’re used up, that’s it. This keeps people from starting and continuing with creative pursuits, and makes a lot of people think they could never sustain a creative life.
We are all bound to get into a rut once in a while, but I find the idea of infinity to be inspiring. Creativity is like air—it’s just floating all around us, and there are an infinite number of possibilities.
If you would like to hang this idea on your wall, I have some 5 x 7 inch prints of it in my shop.