If you’re a new reader here, you might wonder why I’m not posting here as regularly as I used to. There are several reasons. First, I’ve just finished my first term of full-time teaching, and I’ve been spending a lot of time working on ideas with the students in my seminars. Second, and perhaps because of this, I’m feeling like a lot of my ideas are wearing out. Rereading posts from a few years ago, I recognize shapes of big ideas that are still sailing through my consciousness. I still think they’re good. I just don’t know that I have all that many new ones.
I’ve been wondering this for years: do we only get one (or two) really good, big ideas in our lives? Where do they come from? What do you do when your ideas run out?