One cannot balance action against inaction.
Just as the possibility of doing what you love for a job risks turning that love into a chore, doing what you love during a difficult time risks illuminating the shortcomings of that thing you love because it cannot solve all—if any—of your problems.
in fact, all questions are the frame into which the answers fall. and as you can see, by changing the frame, you dramatically change the range of possible solutions. albert einstein is quoted as saying, ‘if i had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, i would spend the first fifty-five minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once i know the proper question, i could solve the problem in less than five minutes.
mastering the ability to reframe problems is an important tool for increasing your imagination because it unlocks a vast array of solutions. with experience it becomes quite natural. taking photos is a great way to practice this skill. when forrest glick, an avid photographer, ran a photography workshop near fallen leaf lake in california, he showed the participants how to see the scene from many different points of view, framing and reframing their shots each time. - reframing a problem unlocks innovation | via wearethedigitalkids [emphasis mine]
To avoid disillusionment with human nature, we must first give up our illusions about it.
I tend to follow a very nocturnal sort of existence, mainly because I don’t much care for sunlight. Bright colors of any kind depress me, in fact, and my moods are more or less inversely related to the clarity of the sky on any given day. Matter of fact, my private motto has always been that behind every silver lining there’s a cloud. So I schedule my errands for as late an hour as possible, and I tend to emerge along with the bats and the raccoons at twilight.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man, true nobility is being superior to your former self.
We all know the same truth and our lives consist of how we choose to distort it.
The trick to being truly creative, I’ve always maintained, is to be completely unselfconscious. To resist the urge to self-censor. To not-give-a-shit what anybody thinks. That’s why children are so good at it. And why people with Volkswagens, and mortgages, Personal Equity Plans and matching Lois Vutton luggage are not.