Thinking of Something Different

Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Characteristics of Creativity

It has been said that one aspect of being creative is “seeing the same thing as everybody else, but thinking of something different.”
James Corbett of Queensland, Australia is definitely a “thinking of something different” kind of guy.
As the owner of an auto parts recycling business, James saw spark plugs, exhaust pipes, gears, and radiators day in and day out. But one day, he began thinking of them as something different- as pieces of uncreated sculptures.
And he decided to play. He looked for exactly the right pieces and, without altering their structure in any way, began welding them together into artwork. His creations were so well received that, a little over a year later, he became a full-time assemblage artist.
James has been selling his unique sculptures all over the world for the past ten years now and is doing the work he loves.
It all started with thinking in an entirely different way about the things he’d seen for years.
What in your life can you think of in a different way?
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Today’s 4 Minute Writer  

The Ticket

He is like so many others who have come here from far away. He was a doctor/lawyer/architect/insert highly esteemed professional title in his home country- and is a cab driver/convenience store clerk/caretaker/insert minimum wage/minimum esteem job title here. They let him in to our country because of his qualifications, we keep him out of our job market because he is from somewhere else.

He has been here a few years now, his hopes for a better life for himself transferred instead to his son.

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Another customer leaves, without bothering to acknowledge his existence. He finishes his shift and heads for home.

He doesn’t know that his son has, on a whim, bought him a lottery ticket for next week’s $42 million dollar jackpot.

He doesn’t know that it’s the winning ticket.

Over and over he had vowed that if he ever made it in this country, he would start his own company and give people in his situation the chance they had come here to find.

He doesn’t know that tonight he could have his wish.

He doesn’t know that tomorrow he will misplace the ticket and never know what might have been.

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8 responses to “Thinking of Something Different

  1. Magical post. Our lives have twists and turns we cannot foresee or imagine. I have been losing heart in mine: this makes me stronger.
    Thanks Zoe.

    • I am sad to read that. Is there a ray of hope on the horizon?

      • It’s just the odds: so many other people trying to do what one is trying to do oneself. I have four brown envelopes stuffed with small home-published book, CV and letter, and I am trying to research where they will sink and where they could have a chance of swimming. Not hopeless 🙂 but a moment when a friend’s blog helps one gather ones skirts and take the next step.

      • Glad for any cheer I can add as you gather your skirts (frock? 🙂 ). I hope for a wonderful swim for you- you have the talent!

  2. Love the story of the misplaced ticket: unrecognized gifts, waiting to be acquired. Hmm.

  3. Carol Ann Hoel

    Life is puzzling, but behind the scenes there is a master planner. If I didn’t believe this, I’d be dissatisfied with life. I would believe that even the disappointed foreign born man mistreated could find value and fulfillment in his life. The ironic loss of the winning ticket may have saved him from an unhappy life.

    Your post and story are related, but at first I didn’t see it. The foreign born mistreated man could direct his energies and use what he has to live a fulfilling life as did the auto mechanic.

    Maybe I’m off in the wrong direction in my thinking pattern here. But definitely your post has set me to pondering. Blessings to you…

  4. I like your perspective and link of the two parts.
    In our current society we have such a hunger for purpose and meaning. Sometimes we attach greater importance to things than we need to, linking our circumstances to our identities too much. Very hard not to do.
    Reminds me of a lady I met years ago. She was an American living in a small town in Brazil for 30+ years. Incredibly smart lady, ‘wasting’ her life in the backwoods of nowhere. Yet, she was there living with folks, continually helping to build the community. She wouldn’t have traded her life for any other.
    Seeing from the perspective of a Master Planner would make everything make sense…

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