A few weeks ago, my CP's were meeting and I shared with them one of the several thoughts I have about the afterlife, which isn't shocking because that is the kind of book I'm writing/revising/will be working on forever.
Several days later, a memory was triggered of a very beloved professor sharing his idea of the ideal afterlife (this is a little less than doctrinal mind you) that I realized I'd adopted, the idea that the great minds from across the ages who never had the chance to meet while alive because of location or time of living, gather together and discuss the things they knew and the ways their intelligence wasn't quite complete.
More often than not, I imagine what it would be like to have composers collaborating, taking their skill set and eliminating the constraints put on them by necessity to provide for a family, who would actually pay for their music, and just creating the art in their head. There isn't much of this idea in my current work, but it still has a place in my subconscious, marinating and becoming better through the years.
The whole point of this is that there are little things, little ideas that when shared, can become something really amazing. They may not be shared with the whole world in the form of a book, but who says there can't be some ideas that we can be selfish about, some that we revisit just to make our days in this crazy world a little happier.
My professor is very much a hands off technology sort of guy. He's really hard to get in touch with, but I'm so grateful for his willingness to share an intimate thought of happiness with me. Sometimes I forget about it, which makes the joy of finding it again and again so much greater.