In Greek mythology, muse has been attributed to the characteristics of the 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; keeper of the arts and the sciences. One of the daughters, Calliope, is best known as Homer's muse, the inspiration for Odyssey and Illiad. Likewise, Urania is the “heavenly muse” invoked in John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. Through out the ages, mankind has always saluted this inner knowledge as the driving force for all their creative pursuits.
As we are closing in on one year and embarking on another, I dared to embark on this journey, to find out if there is a methodology to musing. It would be foolish of me to think that I can wrap it up in a neat little package, when so much has been researched about it. Yet, I believe, if we start with a very simple belief system, we are well on our way to be the creators monolithic greatness.
- Expel the "t" from can't. Always explore can. See how far it takes you.
- Repel Negativity like the Black Plague.
- Enjoy the basics. Marvel at this simple fact; your body does not skip a heart beat nor it forgets to breathe no matter what the physical and the environmental challenges are.
- Read, Read, Read. Learn from famous biographies and the works of Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Joseph Campbell to name a few.
- Mobilize your inner smile. Cultivate mind mapping.
Our belief system dictates us in setting our aims and achieving our goals. Michelangelo reminds us: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”