Good job, Sarah. Your first diagram is a perfect parallel to the creative process, and discussed by Dr. Edward de Bono, an expert in the subject of lateral thinking.
I especially like the thought about allowing ourselves not to know. Because, as you’ve written so often in the past, the people who act like they know what’s going on are the ones who really have no clue.
Hope you get a kick from a similar idea from The Tao of Blogging: