Happy tidings; windshield time

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First things first. Congratulations to our team member Doug Sanders and his wife, Sara, on the birth of their first child — Bruce Charles Sanders.

The bouncing baby boy was born last week, and we couldn’t be happier for them. All are happy, healthy — tired.

 

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Where do you find motivation? That’s a question that’s been floating around a lot in recent conversations I’ve had with artists and colleagues.

Really, though, the question applies to everyone. You don’t have to be a “creator” to need inspiration. Sometimes you need inspiration for your next workout, your next meal or your next meeting. 

So where do you gather inspiration?

Many friends of mine are extroverts. They gather their inspiration from others. They talk about their goals and brainstorm ideas, gaining excitement along the way. I am an introvert. My inspiration comes from quiet time.

I traveled to Casper recently. After getting over the excitement of a new car (thanks to the sales folks who helped me out!), I settled in to the quiet of the car. I was alone, and the time staring out through the windshield always gives me a chance to think through things going on in my world.

What have I done? What do I need to do? How do I get pumped to do the things I don’t want to do?

Usually the answers come in spurts (between bursts of car karaoke). The only downside of traveling solo is the inability to write those things down. I usually remember to jot some notes when I’m done driving, but sometimes ideas flit away between when I park the car and pull out a pen. Perhaps I should use voice notes more often. 

Luckily, Wyoming landscapes offer plenty of opportunity for reflection.

If you need some time to think, hop in your car and take a drive.

According to an article from 2016 on sciencedaily.com, “in her new book, ‘Drivetime’, Professor Lynne Pearce, of Lancaster University’s Department of English and Creative Writing, draws upon a rich archive of British and American literature from the ‘motoring century’ (1900-2000) to explore the sorts of things we think about when driving and has discovered some surprising psychological benefits to being behind the wheel.”

Sure, road rage is real and sometimes gridlock traffic frustrates more than it relaxes. But out here in the wide open country, cruising can accomplish much, maybe even solve the world’s problems. 

What problems have you solved while taking in some windshield time?

 

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“Drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested.”

— Hunter S. Thompson, 

 

By |January 19th, 2018|

About the Author:

Kristen Czaban has been with The Sheridan Press since June 2008 and has covered the entire gamut of beats including government, crime, business and the outdoors. Before heading west, she graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s in journalism. Email Kristen at: kristen.czaban@thesheridanpress.com

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