Friday, November 14, 2008

Imagine That...

" I believe that for his escape he took advantage of the migration of a flock of wild birds." from The Little Prince, written and drawn by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Much has been written lately about the need for a shift in our collective consciousness towards the right side, the creative side, of our brain. An interview with Daniel Pink, the author of A Whole New Mind, in the December issue of Oprah suggests that an MFA is the new MBA because innovative thinking is harder to outsource and more important in the new conceptual age we are entering. It is time to rethink the Liberal Arts, “ liberal” meaning “open-minded”, relating to “developing intellectual capacities as opposed to professional skills.” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary. The twenty first century requires inventive solutions to the problems we face here and globally; in economics, the environment, and in our relationships with other countries. If we are to save our environment, the infrastructure of our cities will need to change to accommodate new transportation concepts. How and where we live will be constantly transformed. We all can have something to contribute.
If you are unemployed, now may be the time between job searches to daydream. The idea of flight, traveling to the moon, the genius of the internet began in the imagination. During stressful times, it is difficult to be positive, but that is when it is most important. This could be the moment you decide to take your life in a new direction. Corporate work no longer offers the security of a big pay check. Every day there are more layoffs. What to do? Change just one thing in your daily routine; take a different road when you are driving or walking, listen to Vivaldi, pick up a paint brush. Do something that you never do that requires the use of the inventive side of your brain. Do you design jewelry, take photographs, work with clay, or reconfigure vintage clothing to make it your own? That could be just the beginning of a different way of thinking, especially if your job in the corporate or financial world has been depending on the left, pragmatic side of your brain. This century will see a transformation of the economic landscape. You can be part of it.

The inventor P.B. MacCready in a 1990 interview with the New York Times explained, “There is a value to some way-out impractical projects that are done for prizes, symbolism or the fun of it, where you don’t have to worry about production. You can focus on extremes; when you do that you’re able to go way beyond prescribed limits to new frontiers.”

Etsy is a wonderful site featuring handmade designs. It is a global market place offering a wealth of information where you might sell your wares or be inspired, as well as buy unusual presents. Many of us share distinctive creative gifts. Many more of us have never investigated that side of ourselves. It is time to explore the possibilities. Maybe you can be the creator of your new day job!

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