Today’s Philosophy…

IMG_6039-2 copyRecently… I was privileged to spend some time with my cousin’s husband… although they have been married almost forty years… they have never lived here… and we haven’t had the opportunity to really get to know each other… and… by most accounts… we would be unlikely friends… as at first glance we have little in common…

He was German born and educated… and well educated at that… he is a very successful business man… and has traveled all over the world… and is very cosmopolitan… in contrast to me… who well… let’s just say… I’m much more laid back in most areas of my life…

But the funny thing was… we started a conversation… regarding… entitlement… and as we began to share our views… his from philosophers of old… and mine… from… Berthaand my Alabama perspective… they were actually… spot on the same… and so we expanded the conversation… to more philosophies… and although our words were different… we continued to have such similar values and beliefs… that I have to say… it was one of the most enjoyable afternoons I’ve had in a long time…

It would have been easy… to assume that I had nothing to add to a conversation with him… it would have been easy… to listen with a closed heart… and smile politely… but instead… I chose… to open my heart… to be vulnerable… to express how I felt and what I believed… and to listen to how his beliefs paralleled mine… and question where they didn’t… and be willing to come to a new conclusion…

Of course… Bertha… was pleased with me… for being open and vulnerable… but she also suggested… that perhaps… like with my cousin… I have more in common with others… who appear different… if I would just be open and vulnerable… willing to listen and share… and see where their beliefs actually parallel mine… and question where they don’t… and be willing to come to a new conclusion…

Then… she said… she hoped you would do it, too… and… we could watch together… as the world changed…

Jane

Creative Boxing…

Seems I kept reading articles about creativity yesterday…and how stepping out of the routine…increases it…while…always doing the same thing in the same way…stifles it…

Bertha…was right there in her cheerleader outfit…shaking her pom-poms…on that concept…she’s been preaching it for years…but…seems as though…sometimes I sit on the back pew and take a nap during her lectures…I mean…sermons…

But…she is absolutely right…I am my most creative…when something happens…to crumple my little box of routine…then…I begin to problem solve…how can I do this…how can I fit this in…how can I make this work…until I come up with a clever solution…

I think back…to that shorter hair cut I got a couple of months ago…it required that I rethink my make-up and accessories…breaking the routine I know so well I could do it in the dark…

More recently…I’ve decided to incorporate early workouts into my morning mix…which is definitely shaking things up…when to write…when to eat…when to make the bed…it all has to be rethought…and…yes…I’m figuring it out…

The only thing is…as much as I need to be shaken out of my box…from time to time…I’m a creature of habit…and…I seem to just create new boxes…new routines…that I fall mindlessly into…until the next shakeup…which always comes…with or without my consent…

I have read…that I should consciously shake up the routine…get up at a different time…get ready in a different order…drive a different route to work…but…I have to wonder…if I consciously decide to drive a different route to work…make up my bed before my face…say one day a week…is that not becoming its own routine…

Bertha…shakes her head instead of the pom-poms…mumbling something about me having the creativity of a gnat…

Hmmm…I think I’ll stuff her into a box and hide her in the closet…now…that sounds creative…doesn’t it…

Jane