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Further to yesterday’s post: To stimulate creative thinking, William Taylor tells us to “look at a familiar situation as if you’ve never seen it before.” How many times have you started the day thinking “here goes another day,” as in “same old, same old”? Marshall McLuhan talked about looking into the future through the rearview mirror. Assuming we already know what lies ahead helps us get oriented, which is helpful. It also limits our openness to surprises and discoveries, not so good. I’ll be putting this into an experiment today: watching my assumptions as I go through the day, from one appointment and routine event to another. May your day be filled with wonder!

image: horse with blinkers to help keep it focussed straight ahead.

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  1. I would love to live
    Like a river flows,
    Carried by the surprise
    Of its own unfolding.

    John O’Donohue (1956-2008)

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    • this is my very favourite of John O’Donohue’s poems… a gentle reminder of the wonder life can hold for us.

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