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#197: Insanity Thinking

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

There is nothing that is a more certain sign of insanity than to do the same thing over and over and expect the results to be different." Albert Einstein

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Have you noticed how innovative young children are? A simple cardboard box becomes an invincible fortress. A sawed-off broom handle turns into a magic sword. A towel tied around the neck and spread over the shoulders allows a child to fly, even if only in his or her imagination.

But then the child becomes an adult and is afraid of being embarrassed by such innovative thinking. Except for companies that thrive on new ideas such as computer and cellphone firms, many businesses and, consequently, their employees, are stifled and taught overtly and subtly that being different is frowned upon.

We are trained to obey rules. At home, at school at work and in society in general. Often this is good, such as with laws and rules of the road.

However, doing things as they have always been done simply for the sake of continuing the status quo is stifling, restrictive and boring.

What's wrong with eating a sandwich or spaghetti for breakfast or cereal for lunch?

What's wrong with doing our circuit training in the gym in a different rotation than usual?

Nothing, except for our fear of not doing things the "right" way.

Who's to say, though, what the right way is?

Take the simple game of tic-tac-toe. Winning often seems impossible. But winning at this game is easy if you use innovative strategies such a "wild-card" where you can use your opponent's symbol to create your three-in-a-row winning pattern. So what if you have two "X"s and a "O"? Who says the game can't be played that way?

Many people play Monopoly by putting fines in the center of the board and paying it out to whomever lands on Free Parking. But, that's breaking the rules, isn't it? Makes the game more fun, though.

So, when it comes to eating and exercise and life, think like a child and don't be afraid of breaking the "rules."

Often, it's good to be innovative.
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    You are AWESOME!

    I used to work with kids and loved the way they would look at the world. Since retiring, that's what I try to do. I don't care what other people think about me as a person. I care about representing Christ in the best possible way and to take advantage of the joy He has out there for me and for others.

    I subscribed to your blog and look forward to more of your inspirational thoughts.

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    Your suggestions are a great way to boost creativity. Thanks for posting!

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    Your so right Lou, and I often come across these issues myself. When the kids want a waffle for dinner, I am quick to say no, but when they've already got all the nutrients they need why not? Your so on about this! And i have got to get more innovative myself.
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    My mom always used to say to me when growing up, "You know? There's the right way, the wrong way, and then there's your way. I don't understand it but your way always seems to work!" Never quite understood if that was a compliment or not, but, here's to doing things differently! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 1/13/2010 10:44:04 AM
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    You are speaking to me, again. My plan is to break some rules AND lose weight doing it! My heart is soaring and this blog just confirmed the direction I am heading.

    I Love It!

    Thanks, Lou.
    4065 days ago
    I need to think about this some more, Lou. Thank you for stirring my thoughts, as ever, and even when you are not feeling well. You rock, my friend.
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