He walked us through several activities designed to to get our creative juices flowing. It was fun. It was helpful.
One of the things I realized (as we went through one game or another) is that I needed the jolt. I do self-censor my ideas to filter out the good ones, before I write them down or share them. I do think about what’s practical when coming up with concepts and strategies and innovations (in process or message). I do think about too many things as I’m brainstorming. I hinder my creativity.
I have always considered myself to be a creative person. As a child wrote songs and stories, made up friends and games, and I drew on anything that I could get away with – much to my parents’ dismay. I never thought in straight lines, rarely did just one thing at a time.
Somewhere along the line I’ve let function interfere with unfettered creativity. I’m still creative, but it’s in a very adult sort of way. It’s… functional.
I think it’s time for a creativity re-boot. I’ll let you know how it goes.