Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Whack on the Side of the Head Wednesday

So here I am... 5:15 a.m. sitting in Starbucks with a Cinnamon Dolce in one hand and my Whack Pack in the other.  It's Wednesday, the one day of the week my brain (and hopefully yours) is sure to get a a vigorous workout. 
Challenge locked firmly into place.  ...Now now for Von Oech's whack.

Give Yourself A Whack on the Side of the Head.  The more often you do something in the same way, the more difficult it is to think about doing it in any other way.  Break our of this "prison of familiarity" by disrupting your habitual thought patterns.  Write a love poem in the middle of the night.  Eat ice cream for breakfast.  Wear red sox.  Visit a junk yard.  Work the weekend.  Take the slow way home. Sleep on the other side of the bed.  Such jolts to your routines will lead to new ideas.  How can you whack your thinking?

"Prison of familiarity."  "Disrupt your habitual thought patterns.."  "Think about doing it another way?"  Hmmm.... I always make my daily post in the morning.  Hmmm... not today.  Today we're going to do it another way.  Today, we'll meet tonight.  Check back sometime after 6:30 p.m..  We have a dilemma to solve and I'll need your help.  Rest up, write a poem, eat ice cream for lunch.  Do something to whack your thinking and show up this evening ready to be creative.

Signing off until later today... 

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