Beethoven used to leave his studio and wander the streets or the woods to find his music. Out in the fresh air he could hear new symphonies in the studio of his mind.
Einstein visualized his Theory of Relativity (E=MC2), not at his desk at the patent office, but while taking a ride through the city on a subway.
The imagination needs noodling—long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling, and puttering. -Brenda Ueland
Mary Anderson, while sightseeing in New York City, noticed that drivers had to open the windows of their cars when it rained in order to see—so she invented the windshield wiper.
Ann Moore, while traveling with the Peace Corps, noticed African mothers carrying their babies in hands-free fabric slings. Inspired, she returned to the United States and invented the original Snugli baby carrier.
Nolan Bushnell came up with the idea for his iconic Breakout computer game while running his fingers through the sand at the beach.
When was the last time you gave your imagination space to play and ponder?