The “Serendipity Moment”, it’s when you search something, then you accidentally find something else, and you realize that what you found is more important than what you were looking for in the first place…
But… are you ready for this?
“Chance favors only the prepared minds”, says Pasteur…
So it would be here : “searching something but keeping your mind opened enough to be able to notice an interesting “something else””?
Bonne journée ! Bonnes trouvailles ! Thanks for reading!
Le Corbusier was a French architect. I just found a quote and I try to translate in English. It’s a good tool you can use to be creative (if you need to) :
When a task is given to me, I use to put it inside my memory, which mean I don’t allow myself to draw any sketch, for months. The human head have a certain independence : it is a box in which you can pour loose elements of a problem. One let then “float”, “simmer”, “ferment”. Then, one day, on a spontaneous initiative of the inner being, a click happens : one takes a pen, one gives birth on the paper. The idea comes out, the baby comes out : he comes into the world, he is born.
This is a great tool, and it can be mixed with other “common sense” plans (creative people know, for example, that they “work” in front of their blank page, but also that they get “ideas” elsewhere, walking in the street, washing the dishes or after making love). So, think about your problem and go talk to the birds, or bake a cake!
To proclaim words on an awkwardness caused by the differences between “what we want” and “what we have”.
Inspiration, motivational quotes, self help books and common sense tend to say : move forward, wake up, go on the road, live your life, make choices, be positive and happy, define goals and work on them, go go go !
Of course it does NOT work, and nobody can be happy “on demand”. Here you are again, sad potato. Worse : here you are again, sad potato wanting wanting wanting…
“Savoir Attendre” is the title of a book from François Roustang. It means “Know how to wait”, which already made me smile. Wait : “Wait? Really?”. This book if full of funny tools, unusual ones. It says quite the contrary of other books, it’s why you’re paying attention, right?
It says… not the contrary, but it shows maybe a detour (I should have written this article like “15 different ways to change”, like they do) to change, to find. And yes, it’s maybe a little oriental.
Accept you’re not OK for a while. You’ll learn a lot from that.
Maybe you tried “decisions”. Maybe you were plain wrong. Stop now.
Stop thinking endlessly to your “problem”. Stop asking “Why?”.
Do not try to be efficient or successfull all the time. Don’t push like a bulldozer.
Act without thinking for a while, like a golf player who’s about to hit.
Do little things. Turn over rocks. Little gestures.
Try casual. Try unusual, even random. Try “what if?”. Breathe. Take your time. Indecision is a decision.
Stay ready to find something. Google : “serendipity“. Open your eyes.