Allegedly, W H Davies meant this as a warning how modern life can affect how we live in the world around us. So, little has changed in that respect, but perhaps nowadays there are so many more distractions.
So maybe what we perceive to be boring episodes could become productive, especially now when so many of us are isolated at home during lockdown. We can try and learn to use the silent spaces and the long journeys to our benefit. To allow ourselves time to think, to ponder, to let thoughts into our minds. In the above-mentioned article, psychologist Sandi Mann says that, “once you start daydreaming and allow your mind to really wander, you start thinking a little bit beyond the conscious, a little bit into the subconscious, which allows sort of different connections to take place.”
To find creativity in ourselves is to find joy. That creative part of us that did that sketch by the river, the delicious meal we cooked, the poem we wrote, the scarf we knitted. Everyone can create something. Even a kind thought or deed is a creative act. And it will certainly make us smile, or feel good about ourselves, and others.