Wisdom Mashup: New Books By Combining Ideas

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It’s Day 26 of the Idea Machine Project. For today, Claudia Altucher has us combining and mashing ideas from two previous days.

The objective: Come up with new book titles and subtitles based on the influential books that I listed on Day and the lines that struck a chord with me (Day 23). The subtitle is based on the book and the title is based on the line. If you’re confused, see Claudia’s book [Amazon affiliate link].

For this exercise, I randomly paired the books and lines. My method is explained at the end of this post.

My Mash-Up List of New Book Titles

Discovering Your Real Work: A Spiritual Guide for Life’s Journey

Based on…..

Book: The Holy Bible

Line:

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is one that sings.

Wendell Berry, as quoted by Anne Lamott in her essay, Prelude: Victory Lap


Drawn To Make A Difference: To Me Comes A Creature

Based on…..

Book: The Collected Works of Shakespeare

Specifically, I’m referencing A Winter’s Tale

Line:

The action of God in our lives is always, at its heart, experienced as a drawing. If we are feeling driven, then the prompting that gives rise to it is not from God but from the force fields of our own (or other people’s) kingdoms.

Margaret Silf, Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality


 Stop To See: Finding Meaning In Nature

Based on……

Book: My Side of the Mountain

Line:

To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living beings with the eyes of compassion. When you understand, you cannot help but love.

Thich Nhat Hanh, “Understanding” in Peace is Every Step


 What Do You Love? Finding What You Value Through Your Childhood Memories

Based on…..

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Line:

If you didn’t love the project that is terrifying you, you wouldn’t feel anything. The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference.

Steven Pressfield, The War of Art


 Grow Yourself: Your Destiny Is Found Within

Based on….

Book: The Collected Works of Shakespeare

Line:

In Tibetan, meditation means to become familiar with….In Sanskrit, to meditate means to cultivate self.

Joe Dispenza, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself


 Embrace Change: You Can’t Go Back To Yesterday

Based on….

Book: Alice in Wonderland

Line:

The world is maintained by change—in the elements and the things they compose.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


 Heart Song: What Gives You Joy, Makes You Sing

Book: To Kill A Mockingbird

Line:

The action of God in our lives is always, at its heart, experienced as a drawing. If we are feeling driven, then the prompting that gives rise to it is not from God but from the force fields of our own (or other people’s) kingdoms.

Margaret Silf, Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality


Go Into The Woods: The Path Begins With Change

Based on….

Book: Alice in Wonderland

Line:

Go to the woods….Maybe I shouldn’t have strayed from the path.

Lyrics and dialogue from Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim


 Ideas Empower Freedom: Fighting the False Comfort of Security and Conformity

Based on….

Book: A Wrinkle in Time

Line:

Ideas are the currency of the 21st century.

James Altucher


 Finding Wisdom Through Nature: The Books In The Running Brooks

Based on….

Book: The Collected Works of Shakespeare

Specifically, I’m referencing Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Act II, Scene 1

Line:

When we are capable of stopping, we begin to see and, if we can see, we understand.

Thich Nhat Hanh, “Our Life is a Work of Art” in Peace is Every Step

It’s being able to understand a sort of language, like sometimes if I concentrate very hard I can understand the wind talking within the trees.

Charles Wallace, speaking in Madeline L’Engle’s book, A Wrinkle in Time


I found this to be a really cool approach to generating new ideas. If you’re looking to expand your creativity, I highly recommend that you check out Claudia Altucher’s book, Become an Idea Machine, which is the basis for this project. [Amazon affiliate link].

How I Randomly Paired the Books and Lines

Rather than simply picking and mixing books and lines, I wrote the numbers 1 through 10 on slips of paper and randomly drew out a book title and the line that matched with it. Each time I drew a number, I noted the book or line from Day 7 or Day 23 posts that matched the number and put the number back in the bowl. Every book and every line between 1 and 10 on my lists had an equal opportunity to be selected and paired, so this was truly a random pairing.

Confession: I got really busy at work this past week and haven’t had time to type, configure and publish today’s Idea Machine project. I had my ideas list in my journal each day, but didn’t have time to get the ideas into blog form and properly format. So I’m publishing this on Saturday, February 21, 2015, and back-dating to February 19, which is the proper date for Day 26 in chronological order.

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