Examining the world, collecting artifacts, awaiting that sudden flash.
To believe that epiphanies are a result of short-term thinking is a canard. Good ideas emerge from gathering string over long stretches of time.
Do you think Isaac Newton discovered insight into gravity only after the apple dropped on his head? No, he’d been chewing on the concept during one of his numerous contemplative moods.
Seeds of thought blossom into ideas
Whatever it is–a mental note, a scrawl on a napkin, a Pinterest pin, or bunches of index cards–the most important thing is to get your observations recorded. Hence, you can remember what’s interesting now and more easily recall it again, later. Memory favors double-recall.
Having an aggregation system where thoughts compound and grow as seeds to flowers is vital to the thinking process.
Like a series of connected synapses storing up bytes of memory, building on top of ideas spurs on a curiosity that lends itself to an aliveness unheard of in the day to day numbness.
Persistent novelty keeps us awake. The fruit of creativity — curiosity — creates a beautiful cycle of discovery.
Seeds merely planted but watered with attention, keep the brain tickled well enough.