Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Mind Stretching

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes US author & physician (1809 - 1894)

This I know all too well. Ideas come in all different shapes and sizes, each demanding space for expansion. One can spawn another until a single grain of thought becomes an entire beach of imaginings. The best ideas father many children, who if tended with care grow strong enough to stand alone.
Anything that makes us think about things in a deeper fashion has a broadening effect upon the brain. Every journey begins with one single step, and every altered reality begins with one single idea. Some ideas are so intense that no matter how hard you try to abandon them they follow and demand attention. I just love ideas that will not be denied.
They expand in such an effortless fashion. No struggle is needed to get a good idea to grow, but the strength it takes to stifle it is exhausting and wasted effort anyway. Letting it have its fair space is a no-brainer, since if you send it packing today it will only return with a vengeance tomorrow.