Thursday, February 23, 2017

THINK YOU'RE IMMUNE?

"Well," he was recounting his tale of disappointment and woe.

"I thought we were friends… I was always there for her.  It's true I saw her do nasties to other people, but I sort of ignored it.  

I figured somehow they deserved it…"


"Boy was I wrong!  

One day, some minor thing I did disappointed her and WHAM! 

There I was on the receiving end!"


What do ya say?
You do realize that if they do it to them, sooner or later…


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SERIOUSLY SPEAKING - WASTIN' TIME…

(To the tune of Otis Redding's 'Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay')

Our wonderful brains can process even the most random bits of data for storage and retrieval! 

We grow up being admonished not to waste time with things of no consequence… but who is making that judgment?

When asked how he came up with the Theory of Relativity, Einstein explained how he was daydreaming, staring out the window…  

Can you imagine if some well meaning person yelled at him to stop wasting time!


DANCE WITH IT!   EXPERIENTIAL APPS                           
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas…

Make a list of all your 'time wasters'.
Can you get to 10?
Now think about how these things might actually add value to your life.







Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ROCK 'N ROLL

I tripped and was headed for a serious face plant…

As I flew through the air I heard a voice instructing:
"Twist and Roll!"

Whoa!

"Where did that bone saving instruction come from?" I wondered as I lay there laughing, unwounded, on the ground.



Could it have been all those ninja movies I watched?

Or the many late night thriller books I devoured with those serious kick ass heroes?

Or maybe even that one Aikido demonstration I observed half a century ago?

What do ya say?  You get this, right?

Maybe, despite what anyone says, none of it is really worthless?


Friday, February 17, 2017

SERIOUSLY SPEAKING - COOL COMEBACKS

What creates that brain freeze that gets in the way of responding in the moment, especially to rude or ridiculous statements?

Could it be shock at the inappropriateness of what was just said?

Is it your inner computer locking up at the bizarre input?

And then, why can't we just let it drop, just shake our heads at the behavior of the 'doer' and move on?


DANCE WITH IT!   EXPERIENTIAL APPS                           
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas…

Make a list of all the occasions you can think of when you wished you'd said something back.
Now make a list of all the great comebacks you could have said.
Imagine the faces of those people when you pushback.
Remember, this is just a fantasy, so enjoy!

Create a list of 'Slambacks'.  
How does it feel to be armed and ready? 
Enjoy the creative process.

Imagine creating a board game called 'SLAM BACK'. 
What would it look like? 
What would the rules be?







Thursday, February 16, 2017

ALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAID

I invited the new neighbors in for coffee.  Friendly gesture, right?

"Would you like espresso or cappuccino?" I asked.

"We are Italian," stated the wife with great emphasis.  "We would not dream of drinking cappuccino."

Oookaaay…


What do ya say?


Ever find yourself up late at night practicing all those comebacks and pushbacks…

You know, all the things you never said but wished you did?


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SERIOUSLY SPEAKING- TRY HARDER?

We are taught to keep trying harder and again and again…
"If you stay on course," we are promised, "eventually you'll get there."

The image we buy is of that poor guy pushing the rock up the hill - again and again…

It's an ethic of duration rather than creativity: 'use your muscle - keep pushing', we are exhorted, rather than 'use your brain and be creative'.


DANCE WITH IT!   EXPERIENTIAL APPS                           
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas…

PRESTO CHANGO
Practice Creativity!

Remember that Queen in Alice in Wonderland?  

You know, the one who said she often believed 6 impossible things before breakfast - and highly recommended the strategy to Alice. 

A fun experiment to try for a few days!  What happens? 





Tuesday, February 14, 2017

RE-ROUTE


You know that annoying voice from your cars GPS:
'Rerouting…'


Annoying but often incredibly effective.

Sometimes, it's tempting to bypass that advice.

"I know this route," you proclaim.  "I've done it a thousand times before…"

Yup.
And how does that work out for you?

What do ya say?
You get the metaphor, right?

(To be continued tomorrow…)