“There were secrets behind her voice, unheard, surreal and full of surprise”. These were the first lines I wrote that hooked me into this new world. A world where you can express without fear, without judgment, and without inhibition. Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language to stir the reader`s emotions. Poetry is anything that evokes imagery, provokes thought, arouses emotion and promotes beauty
Dr. Stephen Covey wrote a bestseller, giving us 7 habits of highly effective people. I felt it was great but it was missing something. For emotional and creative being, effectiveness might have a deeper meaning. I added five more habits to make it more powerful. Here are my 5 habits of highly poetic people. I love poetry, poetry is like life, with its own rhythm, a beginning, and an end. It’s beautiful and painful. It is high and low. It is deep and shallow. It is everything and nothing. It applies to all of us, we just haven’t explored it yet.
Habit 1: Poetic People are highly sensitive. Sensitive to the environment and fellow being is an essential trait. Sensitivity is often considered a sign of weakness and vulnerability. But that’s where we are wrong, being indifferent is weak. In fact, being sensitive makes you more compassionate and empathetic towards others. Highly sensitive people recognize when someone else needs the lights dimmed or the music turned down. They easily sense when other people are feeling overwhelmed. Highly sensitive people are such deep thinkers, they make valuable workers and members of teams. Being sensitive makes you more aware and conscientious. Highly sensitive people like to map out all possibilities in order to solve each problem as best, as they know how and then to execute
Habit 2: Poetic people are highly imaginative. From Robert Frost to Whitman to Shakespeare to Tagore, all have used the power of imagination to let you experience new worlds or change your perception about this world. For poets, imagination is like intuition. It has the power to see into reality. Imagination is of two kinds: Primary and Secondary. Primary imagination is the individual power to produce images, everyone has this imagination but we use it unconsciously. Secondary imagination is what poets use to change and create a new world consciously. They have the power to diffuse, dissipate and recreate, that’s how the words affect us deeply. Imagination is a part of reality for poets and for us,its just not apparent to most of us.
Habit 3: Poetic People are creative. There is a difference between creativity and imagination.if you are doing something meaningful with your imagination, that’s creativity. My all-time favorite author J.K Rowling used her power of imagination to create a magical world which we all admire. It may not be real but it still is a part of reality, part of our lives. We identify with those characters and their personalities. Creativity is one of most powerful tool to unleash genius. Imagination is necessary for creativity. Great scientist Nikolas Tesla purely used the power of imagination for so many of his inventions. For imagination to be called creative, it must be original, have some utility(in real life or appreciation, inspiration or entertainment) and it must result in a product that is separate from its creator.
Habit 4: Poetic People are over-thinkers. Many consider overthinking as a negative trait. Overthinking leads to anxiety or depression. Let me tell you one thing, if you are using this trait to solve problems, its a blessing. Albert Einstein may be considered history’s greatest mind. But what many people do not know is that Einstein was an obsessive over-thinker. He could not stop thinking about the phenomenon that is a beam of light. Eventually, due to his obsession, Einstein discovered the theory of relativity. Even great Steve Jobs was an obsessive over-thinker, it helped him refine designs of so many Apple products that we admire today. Overthinking helps you to introspect. Introspection is a powerful tool to recognize your weakness and correct them. That forms the basis of most of the innovations and inventions.
Habit 5: Poetic People are weird. Being weird is just being open to different experiences and ideas. Blind faith in authority is the greatest enemy of truth and freedom. Weird people are just normal folks who question the existing rules. Creative breakthroughs always come from looking for the unexpected. We all have certain weirdness within our self, its what make us unique. Some of the greatest scientists, musicians, and writers were all considered weird until they dazzled this world with amazing inventions, albums, and books. We’re all weird, the difference in our creative potential is just how much were able to take advantage of our particular brand of weirdness get out there and wear your weirdo badge with honor. Besides, why would you want to be normal when it’s the weird people who can change the world?
Reflecting and getting to the heart of what makes you unique is the key to getting at your deepest creativity. I have nothing against Dr. Covey and his 7 habits but I recommend you add these 5 habits as well to be really effective in life and make a meaningful impact on society.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by And that has made all the difference.”
The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost