Where Do Good Ideas Come From? The Twilight Zone!

“Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized.”

In this short clip from the vintage TV special Writing for TelevisionRod Serling, creator of the cult-classic The Twilight Zone, articulates the nature of creativity in just 64 seconds:

{clip via {Brain Pickings}

“Ideas come from the Earth. They come from every human experience that you’ve either witnessed or have heard about, translated into your brain in your own sense of dialogue, in your own language form. Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized. Ideas are probably in the air, like little tiny items of ozone.”

When you feel like you can’t create, when there’s a death grip deep inside your chest that is keeping you inert (I dunno, that’s what it feels like to me…) remember these words of wisdom from the Terral Manifesto:

“You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.”

You will never be sorry that you got up and created something, no matter how small. I promise. 

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7 Simple Rules to Follow When You’re Lost: Lessons on Life From the US Forest Service

What To Do When You’re Lost in the Woods: Literal and Figurative Life Advice From The US Forest Service

“A clear head will find itself”

The 1946 U.S. Forest Service safety flyer “What To Do When Lost In The Woods,” originally made for hikers and campers, contains quite a few kernels of wisdom that might be heeded by those who have lost their way in a more figurative or creative sense as well.

This pamphlet was found in a Colorado cabin by Jen Christiansen at Scientific American, who tweeted about it. You can read the full text here.

And remember

6. “A thinking man is never lost for long. He knows that, surviving a night in the forest, he may awake to a clear dawn”

7. “Keep the old brain in commission and the chances are you will come out of the woods on your own two feet.”

Thanks, Forest Service. I feel better already.

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