The Question I wanted an answer to –
‘How do I find the courage to do what I love, all of the time?‘
(or..increase the time I spend running Creative Thinking workshops, so that this becomes the thing that I do)
As we began, we saw the start of the Walking for Homeless People – Annual Pilgrimage, on the steps of St Martin in the Field. A pretty inspirational start to the day !!
I spoke with Pascal, busking in Trafalgar Square
I spoke to him because he looked like he had the conviction to follow his dreams.
He was inspirational – he talked about the positive power you create for yourself (and for other people) when you follow your dream
I paused in St James’s Square
Despite having worked in London for 26 years , I was last in this garden 24 years ago
I saw that some parts of the garden were carefully tended and others left to grow wild. This meant to me that some plans need to considered carefully and other times, you just have ‘to go for it’
Inspiration from the White Van Man
Working on their own and without a company structure to support them. They just get on and do , what they do.
Inspired by Napoleon III
Who lived off St James’s Square prior to the 1848 Revolution and his return to Paris in that year. I imagine he must have felt a fair bit of excitement, energy (and some trepidation) in this house !!
Looking down, instead of Looking up
I have always sought a fresh perspective by ‘looking up’ in cities (this thought inspired my website – lookupmore.co.uk) but this time I looked down. I found it helped focus my thoughts really well
Using Different Senses
Instead of looking and listening, I tried touching things. Perhaps the most under used Sense? This made me more sensitive to, and more aware of, my surroundings and my thoughts
Stephen Wiltshire MBE
Walking in a quiet arcade off Piccadilly, I found the gallery of Stephen Wiltshire. He paints marvellous, detailed pictures after seeing a location for a brief period of time only
On the video running in the window was the wonderful quote –
‘Find what you are best at… and do it all the time’
First World Problems
Passing an art gallery focusing on Art from Afghanistan, I was reminded of wider problems in the world and how lucky we are – to express ourselves and pursue our dreams
Finding Space in the City
I learnt I could do this on a busy street or in an open place – It’s all about finding space in one’s mind
Finding Time in the City
It is possible to take time out of the hurly burly , get some peace and be creative. Street Wisdom only lasted 2 hours but I felt I had been away for ages
What else did I learn?
(some of these from the fab post session in Grace Bar on Great Windmill St)
- Cities are not about buildings, but about the people who move between them
- Everyone is on the move in cities. By standing still, even for a short while, you notice so much more
- I started by looking at the buildings but ended up looking at the people – they are so much more interesting !!
- Back streets are much more interesting than main streets
- The initial simple ‘street sensitisation’ excercises really worked. By the time we addressed our individual questions, I felt relaxed and confident about asking the Street for answers.
- I can really see how the process boosts sensitivity, awareness and our ability to solve problems
Go on a Street Wisdom session!!
I really can’t recommend it enough.
Something pretty special happened to me out there.
Nick Hammond @digital_filter ; thedigitalfilter.com