One of the creative ideas for the site is being "Open to Abundance", which got me thinking about being open to ideas and theories of others.
Sources of Ideas
The first thing that came up was conversations with others, and listening without being critical to what they were saying. And maybe listening to what they were actually saying, but that's a whole other thing.
But then there are a multitude of ways we receive ideas, from books, podcasts, tv, videos, theatre, social media, travel, new hobbies. And of course our own minds which knits them together and sometimes produces something unexpected.
When something new or surprising comes along it's worth looking at the idea alone but also consider the source. Is there an agenda (probably not) behind the delivery and how should that affect looking at the idea?
Ideas and Creatives
If we want to continue on our creative journeys then new inputs are needed.
We may not like them. We may reject them. But even considering them and being aware of them can spur our minds.
They may lead us down rabbit holes, combine with old ideas or strengthen existing ideas, opinions and beliefs.
So be curious and inquisitive, watch and listen what others have to say, but with open eyes.
Setting up where we find these ideas is another article.
Opening my Own Mind
I've recently moved to Porto so I'm meeting new people from a variety of backgrounds. Which is great as source of ideas and knowledge.
One of things I'm trying to do is stopping myself from jumping in. Instead of expressing my own opinion or disbelief about what is being said, instead listen or clarify.
I also don't want to simple follow the same patterns as starting in other places. I would like to try a new activity or two and get to know some of the locals, instead of internationals happy to talk away in English. Still being part of communities of dance, gaming and travellers but also looking beyond.
Have you got any tips around being open to ideas?