Search for your favorite key words or catch phrases. What you find is a treasure trove of self proclaimed gurus, masters, and newbies. Writers, designers, builders, and creators of all things that you find fascinating. You name it, it has a name. You write it, someone wrote it. There may be no creative idea or thought that is completely original.
It is hard to find new ideas in our changing world. Not much of anything you do isn’t built on the foundation of something else. Many times we say and do what is already said and done. We only deliver it in a different way. This creates something new and original for some. For others, “If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck”. That is not always true. It could be a shape shifting water fowl from a planet far away that happens to look like a duck. But, you will never know that if you’re too shut down to see the beauty in all things, no matter how recycled they are.
How can you do anything and claim it as your own, if everything is already done? Take a dip in “The Pool”. The pool of knowledge and wisdom. Enjoy a refreshing “Skinny dip” or “Chunky dunk” in the pool of all that was once thought, written, and said.
How many articles have you read that you feel like you’ve read before? How many movies seem the same as the one you saw last year? How often do you get that, “same but different” feeling?
Why does this happen?
It happens because everyone dips in the pool. As a creative soul you have a free lifetime membership to that pool party. You read an article or a blog post and get an idea from one line in that reading. This idea sparks a wildfire of ideas and thoughts which become your newest work. That is the meaning of “dipping in the pool”. Do not for one minute think that you have created something that the world has never seen. Even if you created a new world with a new language and spawned a new species. You still couldn’t create something new. Because, at its very core is something that was once thought, said, or written. Do not be discouraged.
This is meant to encourage you.
If everything is already done, you end the fear of total and utter failure. You have a road map, a picture of what works. Why make up a recipe for peach cobbler when grandma already makes the best peach cobbler? Use her recipe and give it your own little flair. There is nothing wrong or evil about finding your ideas in someone else’s work. I have read articles that appear to be the same. Upon reading, I find something informative in one that is not in the other. You will always have something to offer in whatever you choose to create, even if at its core it has been done before.
Jesus said, “It will happen. If you believe, you will receive.”
Did you know that there is a massive market for the idea that your thoughts create your reality? All you have to do is think it, believe it, and you will see it. Over two thousand years ago a man said something that people today use. Imagine taking a dip in a two thousand year old pool. Point being, there are people out there dipping in a two thousand year old pool. They create a wonderful living for themselves. You should never be afraid of or ashamed of dipping in the pool to find ideas. Ideas that could prove to be the turning point for your career and life.
Lose that fear and doubt and take a dip in this pool. The water is wonderful and enlightening.