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Creative Thinking

Is this all there is?

August 22, 2011 — by Daryll Scott0

I heard it again recently, those ludicrous words; “Is this all there is?”

As usual I resisted the temptation to say, “Yes, and here’s how you have created that world…”

The only way to get to “Is this all there is?” is to have created a life that is way too easy. In society’s eyes you have probably got it absolutely sorted, but it’s not fulfilling.

You have turned off your creative processes of questioning and looking with curiosity. You no longer need to be alert or on your toes.  You have created a comfortable world that is so horrifically predictable that you can just go to sleep. You have labelled your world with simplistic judgmental descriptions that all make perfect sense to you, so you need look no further.

You have been driven away from discomfort and therefore set about eliminating the negatives (risk or inconvenience), leaving yourself with a comfort prison where you can stagnate – no alarms and no surprises please.

If you imagine the following continuum:

On one side is:  Sorted, life is easy, well within my comfort zone, predictable, no mystery

In the middle is:  I’m challenged, stretched, alert, curious, confused, awake

On the other side is:  Blind panic, extreme stress, no perspective.

Where would you put yourself for most of the contexts you find yourself in?

Aim for the middle ground – push yourself – risk possible discomfort and feel the fulfilment of achieving something difficult. Thrive!

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