The Saturday Creativity Quote

WPA stairs, Bigfork MT

“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.”

~Raymond Inmon (1920-1999)

Though widely quoted, I haven’t been able to find any info on Inmon — who he was, what was his art. But the advice itself is worth being remembered for. We’re all feeling a bit cooped up these days — the lovely walking trail above the river in my town, not far from these steps, is getting a heavy workout. There are scientific analyses of how shutting off the conscious mind and putting the large muscles into motion frees the subconscious mind to roam, making creative connections it might not have made while you sat at your desk. Let’s save those for another time.

Today, this week, lace up your walking shoes, find a spot where you can safely go, whether it’s a power walk or a gentle meander, and move.

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