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#497: Exciting News and Creative Thinking

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Interesting evening after getting a call from a reporter for our local Orlando Sentinel newspaper who wants to do an article about a highway safety video I produced and which many of you have seen. blutube.policeone.com/Me

I'll post when the article comes out and the Sentinel's site. Thank you for watching.

As I put cans of dog food on the conveyor belt at the grocery store this afternoon, the cashier remarked on one can that was dented on top and wondered how I'd get the can open. Simple, I told her, I'll open the other end.

Many times in life we are faced with a problem that at first glance poses immense hurdles. But if we learn to think creatively we can overcome most of these difficulties.

Many years ago I was in a motel and ordered dinner from room service. When it arrived there was no fork or spoon with which to eat. Rather than calling the kitchen back and having someone make another trip, I broke one of the plastic drinking glasses the motel provided and used a wedge-shaped piece as a spoon.

Creative thinking again.

When you're faced with one of life's problems how do you respond?

Ever used a clothes hanger to unlock your car after locking your keys inside? That's creative thinking! How about using a knife as a screwdriver? Or using an ordinary white handkerchief on the end of a pole to signify surrender? Or as a blindfold for Pin the Tail on the Donkey game? Or as a mask when breathing?

More creative thinking.

Relate this way of seeing things to our weight loss efforts and what do we get? Can't cook elaborate meals (like me)? Try combinations of easy to use foods such as pineapple in cottage cheese or frozen grapes, a juicy, cool summertime treat. The old standby of slicing a banana on cereal adds a fruit to breakfast. Tired of regular bologna sandwiches? Try frying the bologna for a different taste. You get the idea. Be creative. Try different combinations.

As for exercising, bored walking the same neighborhood? Next time try counting all the trees along your route or the number of cars you see. Have a hard time getting around? Do leg lifts while seated, arm raises while holding cans of food, or knee bends while holding a box of kitty litter. Be creative and shake up your routines.

Just don't try the chocolate syrup and mayonnaise sandwich I made once when I was about 10. Creativity is fine but that was downright awful. But I tried.

So the next time you're bored with your situation, remember the dented can of dog food and look for alternatives. Like getting from one side of a mountain to another -- climb over it, make a tunnel through it, go around it, dig under it.

Above all, don't be stymied by stale thinking. emoticon
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    Good Blog!! I will open the can at the other end next time this happens to me.

    Blessings, Wendy
    3516 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    I like that! Never thought about simply turning the can upside down. I always went out of my way to get another can. It's so funny not thinking about such a practical things.
    3522 days ago
    Oh Lou what a creative guy God made you! Loved the blog...
    Really Mayo and Chocolate Syrup??? Disgusting...lol.
    I used to love Mayo sandwiches...only Best Foods Mayo...
    Thank you sweet friend.
    3522 days ago
    Absolutely! And when I feel creative or come up with a solution that surprises everyone including me, I know God is behind it! He's so Awesome! We CAN do all things through Christ!
    3524 days ago
  • LDK1970
    Great blog, Lou! I like the tip about turning the cup into a utensil. Might come in handy some day... Lisa
    3525 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Another awesome blog Lou! I have been blessed to have a mom who has always encouraged creativity - and it has paid off so many times.

    Congrats on the article - anxious to read it after publication.
    Chocolate syrup and may sandwich? At least you tried!
    3525 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Chocolate syrup and Mayonnaise.. That is all I can think about.
    3525 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Great blog! Reminds me of a favourite quote:

    A man who wants something will find a way. A man who doesn't will find an excuse. - Stephan Dolley Jr.
    3525 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    emoticon emoticon Blek! emoticon

    Congratulations on the article! Can't wait to read it! emoticon
    3525 days ago
    Thank you.
    3525 days ago
    Loved the blog Lou!
    Mary Ann
    3525 days ago
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    Thanks Lou!
    3525 days ago
    Lou, this is by far one of your most super-duper blogs, and I LOVED it! Yes, turning that can over sounds so simple, but until you said it, I was wondering, myself what you were going to do! When you said that, I just went, "DUH" in my head, "Of COURSE!" Way to go with the creativity in spots like that, and with the no spoon/fork! I have to brag that I have "made do" a time or two w/o a spoon or fork, but really glad nobody saw me doing it! emoticon

    And as always, I loved YATMAMA's comment on your blog! Isn't she just WONDERFUL?
    3525 days ago
    My brother used to eat keychup on EVERYTING, including cottage cheese. Creative thinking! (I was glad I didn't have to eat it!)

    Great blog, Lou!

    3525 days ago
    LOL I don't like chocolate, so that is one sandwich that I never tried! Too cute. Love this blog, Lou. I absolutely love a can-do attitude. One of the most frustrating things I encounter is when someone has many problems and they are very vocal about them, and no matter WHAT solution you offer, it cannot possibly work for them. No way. No how. Not happenin'. It's almost as though some folks thrive on being unsuccessful, on having the worse obstacles anyone has ever faced, of having the one set of conditions that no one on earth (or in heaven for that matter) can overcome. The really weird part of it is that they seem PROUD of those facts. *shrug* Whether it's my washer repairman, my cell phone company's rep, my pastor or my husband/best friend, I am super refreshed when someone has a can-do, no-excuses, overcome-anything attitude. It's contagious!
    3525 days ago
    How about bologna on pound cake :) ?
    Creative thinking = good problem solving skills. Always handy to have.
    3525 days ago
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