Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The World Is A Mirror, Part 2


Albert Einstein once said, “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”

The lesson: break your patterns. Every day.

But this isn't just about creativity. It's about doing cool stuff. It's about not becoming a slave to routine. It's about spicing up your day, even in the slightest way. It's about enriching your life.

Because boredom is the enemy. Boredom is an insult to yourself. It poisons your soul and pisses off your brain.

When I slap this nametag on my shirt every day, I never know what to expect. Will a stranger ask me where to find the work shirts in Target? Will a man I've only met via email recognize me while walking down the street, roll down his window and yell "Hey Scott!"?

I use those two examples because both of them happened last Saturday.

Which made me realize: breaking your patterns (daily) is good for you. Here's why:

1) It's fun
2) It forces you to think on your feet
3) It stimulates your creativity
4) It gives you new choices
5) It forces you to be more mindful of your surroundings
6) It makes life more interesting
7) It creates cool experiences
8) It shows your vulnerability, and in turn, authenticity

I'm glad (no wait, thankful!) that wearing a nametag 24-7 forces me to break my daily patterns. In fact, I can't remember the last time I was bored.

Driving along on this highway
All these cars and upon the sidewalk
People in every direction
No words exchanged, no time to exchange and when
All the little ants are marching
Red and black antennae waving
They all do it the same
They all do it the same way

Thanks Dave.


How does breaking patterns change you daily life?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag