Where Do Unused Ideas Go?

Do you ever wonder where our unused ideas, hopes, and dreams go?  Do our unused ideas go to someone else or do they live in a wasteland on the edge of our memories.  I picture a vast wasteland like an idea junkyard.  Where our unused hopes and dreams lay scattered about covered in rust and neglect mostly lost and forgotten.

Some even seem to live in that mystical place we go to right before sleep, teasing us with their presence, living a half-life just out of our reach.  Maybe some ideas find their way into other people’s dreams and become creations that are full of life.  When we read or hear about them we remember and wonder why we let them go.

It is possible that ideas, hopes, and dreams live in a place where anyone can go.  They are like the vast shelves of books in a bookstore.  Are our unused ideas like books in a used bookstore still there but just forgotten and waiting to be remembered?

It has been said that great ideas are just ideas.  Dreams are just dreams and hope goes unfulfilled when forgotten.

Point of View:

Hopes, dreams, and ideas require creation to be realized.  It requires action on our part.  The next new design in fashion, the next new bestseller or the next cure for a deadly disease may be there lying silently just beyond our reach, unused and forgotten in the idea wasteland.  Our minds hold unlimited sparks of creation.  We are gifted with the ability to build amazing things out of a passing thought, solve the hardest problem because our mind can create solutions.  For any of this to happen, we have to pair our thoughts, ideas, and dreams with our drive, determination, and creativity.  It requires actions by us to be realized.

Lastly, when that idea drifts into your dreams at 4 a.m. get up and write it down.  Dictate into your phone.  If you don’t when you awaken the next morning it may be gone.  Without action, there is no creation.


Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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    • I keep a journal by my bed and when I get those 3am ideas I write them down to act on. Thank you again my friend for your encouragement

  1. We all have dreams. Many try to achieve them, and few succeed. Why?
    The Dream must make you fly into the future, the future that you imagine, the future that belongs to you.
    The Dream must burn inside, as the passion.
    The Dream must be engaging: attract, excite, and have a project.
    The dream is to be shared.
    The dream is to be realized. Otherwise it will become only one regret. Will remain just an idea, that eventually fades, leaving only the bitterness of not having tried.
    These are the five pillars that indicate why it is important to have a dream and why it is important to realize it. I believe that there is a sixth: the action. Whatever we want to achieve we must act, with perseverance and determination, to create good daily habits that bring us closer every day to the goal. It’s no use taking refuge in dreams and forget to live. Actually, the best way to realize a dream is to wake up and live with passion the realization of own dream-project. After all it is the “our own” dream and perhaps we must continue to pursue it to the end of the world!!
    The essential conditions for the realization of the dream are enclosed in the vision we have of it. Negative emotions, doubts, fears create an invisible barrier that takes us away from our goal and more and more often we feel at the mercy of unpredictable events, fatality and circumstances that we think outside ourselves.
    A dreamer knows he has to be pragmatic, to does not help fantasize without finding a practical application, must be brave and believe in his dream more than anywhere else in the world.
    To turn an idea into realizable dream it takes so much work. A dream becomes feasible when the idea crystallizes. To cultivate an idea serve diligence and a well-defined process.

  2. I so agree with this. I only wish I could capture thoughts at those times when they come to me so clearly. But usually I’m driving or in a place where I can’t write or record them. Of course, by the time I have pen in hand or can get to record in my phone both the text and thought have left me.