Today is deadline for submission of our class assignment, a reflection of what I learn from our course on Creativity.
Recently I read about physician-scientists fascinated with the porcupine’s quills; discovered that quills have serrated sharp ends and penetrate predators’ skin easily The discovery led to new design of needles for injections of medicines especially for children.
To look at problems from a different angle leads to new perspective and ideas.
I learned that attitude is very valuable. Looking at things differently open new windows, see new landscape, new possibilities; that fresh eyes look and see association of ideas. I learned the value of having an open mind. I realized I have to dig deeper to find answers; what seems to be the simplest may not be the simplest;what seems to be the best answer may not be the best answer.
I have to learn to think of unexpected answers, look for surprises, glimpse the impossible. I have to imagine more scenes, to connect and combine different webs.
I was surprised by the diversified and creative presentations of other students with their first assignments.
I was surprised how difficult to change my old habit of looking at things. I was surprised how enjoyable was to work with my team members, to collaborate with different proposals for our project.
I found that reframing the question opens significant thinking paths.
I started very slow on paying attention, to be more observant, to see and not just look. Even now I could not remain focus for a long time.
There is so much for me to learn to be creative in my daily life. Repetition and practice with hard work to master the habit of creativity. Progression to being creative is discipline and commitment, something I have to develop.
I will need all the 6 tools and start one at a time, starting with paying attention.