A Brainchild Springs Forth From A Pregnant Pause - Grasshopper
I was reading a friend's Facebook page the other day and he recounted this
question and answer that went between a father and daughter:
Daughter: "When is God's birthday?"
The father paused and then said, "Now."
This insightful back and forth reminded me that I worship at the altar of
silence which is the ever-present birthplace of creativity.
Reactive answers follow quickly on the heels of a question but the silence of a
pause delivers more bundles of joy than a flock of storks.
Godly ideas can be born every minute if we resist the temptation of using the
contraception of instant answers.
Pausing is the incubation period that delivers healthy, pink-cheeked ideas.
What are we pausing? We pause our never ending supply of patterned reactions.
Pausing in silence creates a space for creativity.
This is not something you have to take on faith. Put it to the test. The next
time you catch yourself about to respond with a patterned platitude, pause for a
moment and bask in a moment of silence. It's here that conception begins.
The conditioned reaction is to speak; a more natural response is to pause. The
more often you get back to nature, the more organic your answers.
In the space of silence, there is no room for the mental noise that prevents the
birth of novel ideas in all little girls and boys.
Coca-Cola said it best: "It's the pause that refreshes."
All the best,
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