Nurturing the Inner Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert, in her 2009 TED talk, discusses the importance of nurturing creativity or what she refers to as genius or daemon. As I work through tomorrow to develop a proposal that must be the ultimate illustration of creative, design-centered problem solving, I am reminded of this talk, and of the immediacy of inspiration.

I am not often as inspired or moved as I am on my long drives home from the Orlando area back to the relative calm of Apopka. Tonight, the haiku below came upon me in the same way Gilbert describes the concept of daemon or inspiration appearing for an artist. I listen to these moments, as knowing myself I am aware that they happen only rarely and only manage to exit the realm of trite at brief and unpredictable moments.

On the 414 West

Windows down, spring’s end

I give your name to the wind,

to God, helplessness.


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