Outside The Box

Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?

By JD Hilton Day 57

My initial response is no, but when I look back, there have been many

Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?

The Screaming Man Definitely did.

situations that I have seen that I initially dismissed as insanity to my own perspective but can see that the situation really was creativity was occurring.

The most creative people create from a place that does not fit into the norms and expectations of  people in society.  It comes down to your own judgments of what is insanity and what is creativity.

Different was Bad

For me as I was growing up and getting my indoctrination into the world, I think I was conditioned to look at anything that was a little different from the norm as bad or undesirable.

One of my favorite teachers  fell under this category.  I was a sophomore in high school and full of hormones and just wanted to get through life as easily as I could.

I had decided to adopt an attitude of not really trying because whenever I did it didn’t seem to be quite good enough for those responsible for my education.  I especially hated writing because there were too many rules.

Then came this class, the teacher was a woman who looked at life totally different from me, and to me she was a little bit insane. In retrospect I can say whole heartedly she was not the least bit crazy, she cared and was willing to do whatever it took to allow us to grow as young people. My education would have been a lot more valuable with more teachers like her.

Winds of Change

She saw the problem of our class as a group that didn’t really like English, or writing or each other.  She went on a one woman campaign to change all of those factors.

I remember she had us doing group building activities outside on the field, and in the classroom, and of course at first I was thinking, “This is stupid, and I hate it.”

But as I got to know her and the others in my class I began to find that I rather liked to write things and I liked having someone else see what I thought.

Writing wasn’t all rules, it was creativity and capturing what you think and feel.  That you could express yourself this way was a revelation!

The insanity that had been her method to me, led to the creativity of not only myself, but many of the others in the class.

Now it is many years later, and I have relearned the lessons about writing that I learned many years ago, and I am grateful to all of the people who have motivated and taught me something and I know that tenth grade English class was the first time I saw insanity and later saw creativity.

The Box is for Crackers

I believe this is an important concept because most of the great

Thinking Outside the Box

Keep your thinking here!

discoveries and truly original work comes from individuals who think outside the box and may be considered a little insane in their process and thoughts.

Think outside the box as often as you can, don’t let the societal expectations of anyone else change the way you think or dim the great thoughts and deeds that are in us all.

Don’t let your ideas be dismissed as insanity, stick to them and they will set you free and most likely change the world.

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10 thoughts on “Outside The Box

  1. djmatticus

    *raises glass* Here’s to changing the world, one “posted by J.D.” post at a time. ;-) Different is good. Different is great. Insanity is wonderful. Oh, to see the world so differently that no one can see it the way you do, and then be able to capture that in words, or art, or dance… to express your view in such a way that those who couldn’t see what you were seeing before get a chance to catch a glimpse of it through your interpretation! I long for that sort of insanity, for that sort of creativity. I think the world longs for more of it too… it seems we are becoming more and more rigid in our conformity, more and more we have to check off the same boxes, and follow the same paths to make our way through this world… that’s stale, boring, overrated. We need to smash that sort of mold and let the multitude of voices inside each of us the freedom to express themselves… I wonder what we would create then? I have no doubt it would be wonderful, and frightening, and amazing.
    *this bit of stream of consciousness insanity brought to you by Matticus

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    1. J.D.

      Well said Matt, I could not have said it any better myself. That is one great stream of consciousness you have going there.

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    2. J.D.

      Well said Matt, I could not have said it any better myself. That is one great stream of consciousness you have going there. :-)

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  2. Katie

    Excellent advice! I think many of the ideas we have that scare us or seem impossibly insane at first are the ones we need to cling to the most, because those are the truly important, innovative thoughts.

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    1. J.D.

      Thank you Kozo, I think that all the time. She had a huge impact on my life and I did have the good fortune to be able to tell her that to her personally. Thank you for reading my friend!! :-)

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  3. MissFourEyes

    Different is good, no it’s great! Different is what gets us to question what we think should be ‘the way’. I like different. And Insanity? That’s pretty great too. We wouldn’t have smartphones or computers if it wasn’t for insanity.
    “A telephone that does everything? You’re insane.” I bet that’s what they heard the first time.

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    1. J.D.

      You bet exactly right. I remember the first cell phones and I thought, “those will never catch on.” Sometimes I am so wrong. Now the little phone does everything that you need it to do. It is all because of the thoughts outside of the box that someone had. I look forward to the next bit of insanity whatever that may be! thank you for spreading your own insanity around! :-) Have a delightful weekend!

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