Once we've discovered that ideal parking spot, we breath a sigh of relief at this small but important achievement. You see, the parking spot plays an important role in helping us achieve our daily goals. Those thick white lines keep our vehicles in a safe place, and allow us the freedom to charge forward with the day's agenda. Without it, there'd be more chaos on the streets, in all neighborhoods regardless of socioeconomic status. Parking spots bring a sense of order and civility to shared public spaces. And because of its sheer existence, we are able to carpe diem on our plans.
I'd like to propose that our minds serve a similar function. The mind is a set of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, perception, thinking, judgment and memory. I'd like to think the mind is also a storage unit for our ideas. No matter how grand or trivial, the mind can hold good ideas in place, so when we're ready, we can easily retrieve and act on a particular concept. But yet, we take the capacity of our thoughts for granted perhaps because they are at our beck and call. We can pick up or drop off ideas based on how we feel.
But some ideas don't go away. They linger and reappear in various seasons of life, seemingly beckoning us to take some sort of action. So what ideas are being held in the parking lot of your mind? What concepts have you parked, and haven't picked up yet? The next time that lingering idea emerges...do yourself a favor and wrestle with it. Who knows what simple but brilliant innovation may come of it?