I spent a good chunk of the past 5 or so years in an uncreative box, just sort of “being”. After a horrible job experience, I took a job that didn’t require me to think. Looking back that was quite possibly one of the worst things I could have ever done. I slowly quit everything that required thought, even things that I loved doing. It was intentional in the beginning because I was so burned out. The rest just sort of happened.
What a dangerous thing to just let happen.
Now I’m at the point where everyday is a ridiculous struggle to look at the bigger picture. Even my troubleshooting skills at work are a bit rusty as a result. I still get the job done but instead of immediately trying to figure out more creative approach to an issue, I try to bulldoze my way through it first. (A work example is the easiest to explain without getting too deep into stuff. This is affects me at a much larger scale in my personal life.)
Both books push me to look at things from a different perspective. I mean… who would intentionally bring a book into a shower with them, rip out or even lick pages? Thinking outside of my little, uncreative box is so hard right now but this sure is a great way to do it.