Recently my wife Deb came up with a rather comical phrase to describe her occasional memory lapse, referring to it as her “photogeriactric memory.”
A quick Facebook post later and she had released this brilliant new phrase into the wild.
Naturally this got me thinking about where original ideas come from, and whether or not this was truly an original idea.
After a few Google searches, I found a total of 83 results for the term “photogeriactric” and an obscure 2007 reference to the phrase “photo-geriactric memory.” So it wasn’t totally original, but the question continued to plague me.
When an creative idea appears in our head, is this a form of manifest destiny, divine providence, a piece of intuition, or something more like a ripple in the force?
Original ideas can be tremendously valuable, so if we know where they come from, our inclination has always been to create more of them.
But we all have ideas. Each of us is an idea-generating machine. We are radiating ideas similar to the way the sun radiates light.
Yes, very few are truly original ideas, but some are. So then what?
We now have over 7 billion people radiating ideas, every second of every day, casting pieces of inspiration and brilliance in every possible direction. The question we should be focusing on is, where do they go?