"That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.” Ray Bradbury
I've never been able to get Betsy to follow me. I think she just doesn't see any sense to that, unless there is food involved.
However I know that when I'm working in the garden, she does follow me around, without me having to ask. I'll stop to cut or dig something, and she will sit, and watch, or lie down to enjoy the sunshine. Of course I think cats quite like seeing us work, expending energy, to make their environment a bit nicer for them.
Or more convenient.
The nice, loosely turned soil around my newly planted flowers makes a perfect location for her to perform her toilette.
But I think it is true, cats do follow us about because they like company, they know who the Alpha Cat is and want to follow the leader, keep tabs on the one that feeds and nurtures.
Are ideas like that too? Do they cling to us, seeking expression, acknowledgement, nourishment, recognition?
Ideas do come to us without invitation. We don't always have to ask. The thing is, you have to be open to them, allow them in, make that process a habit, a creative practice.