On a scale of 1 to 10, problems we face run in our minds from mildly inconvenient to massively frightening and insurmountable. However, with some time and creative thought, problems can be and are overcome. Even as you read this, there are brilliant minds in the world working on solving our current global challenges.
Consider this: Given the scope of the hurdles that face us, should we not all be contributing to solutions? What if we all started to think of ourselves as Renaissance minds?
I can hear the retort now, “But wait a minute, we’re not all Leonardo da Vincis!” That may true, but, we ARE all endowed with Leonardo’s most basic tools: Curiosity, thought, and intuition. Leonardo tirelessly imagined and worked on his ideas.
Leonardo constantly looked at the world around him and wondered “What if? What if man could fly in the sky like a bird? How far could he go, and how quickly? What if man could swim under water for extended lengths of time? What would he discover?” These ideas and his ensuing drawings richly seeded the collective mind during his lifetime, 1452 to 1519.
So, let’s take Leonardo da Vinci as example and inspiration. Let us look for the genius within ourselves. The definition of a Renaissance person is “one with many talents or areas of knowledge”. I daresay each of us has much more within us than we have dared let ourselves explore.
Let us each take an objective inventory of our own unique talents and knowledge. Let us think of how we can utilize and even stretch those, expanding them beyond the norm into something extraordinary. Let us also think of how we can share them, so others can help to build on them.
When we apply our minds in this way, we will not spend a nano second watching (in fear) and waiting. We will feel empowered. When we believe that we can be part of the creativity and innovation that could positively remodel our world, we will be.
Then just as Leonardo da Vinci envisioned, we will truly soar, together.
More on Leonardo’s inventions here: Leonardo da Vinci Inventions
Renaissance | Minds © Susan L Hart 2020