I’ve had this post in the notes section of my phone for over a week now and yesterday a blog that I read on a regular basis wrote about the same topic and it was sort of confirmation that I needed to share this with you all.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone who just got out of jail, has been to jail before or ever watched the show “Lockup” on MSNBC?
It seems as if they had the most creative and insightful thoughts while in jail. They have read countless books including the entire bible, written music, poetry, and books, come up with great business ideas, and had lots of time for reflection. Yes, all of the things you and I wish we had the time to do today.
If they never had solitary solitude they would have never learned how to create make-up out of deodorant or make alcohol out of fruit, water, and bread. How creative is that! Now I’m not saying I want to go to jail, but the reason people in jail can think on a greater level is because they don’t have the type of distractions that we have. Most times when I get quiet time, I get distracted, my minds start to wonder, the TV or radio is on, I start checking emails, Facebook, Twitter, and before you know it quiet time is over and I haven’t had one creative thought.
So I realized I need to start scheduling some solitary solitude. I need to get in a space all by myself. No amenities, turn off and unplug everything and just be. I’m sure I will be surprised by the outcome and how much creativity comes out of that time.
In a quiet moment we can get an intuitive insight that can change our entire life and the lives of the people around us in incredibly positive ways.
- Elaine St.James
Check out Danielle LaPorte’s post on “What’s Your Relationship to Silence?”
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