Don’t you just love it when you get to experience how your brain looks at something familiar and decides to look at it in a new way?
For 23 years I have been driving by a buoy next to my island where I live. I must have driven by it thousands of times.
And each time my brain thought: “There is a buoy to tie a boat to” (after all, that is what they are for, right…).
Then, a few days ago, my daughter, Maria, 9, looked at the buoy, laughed and said: “Daddy, can I sit on it?!”
I laughed too and replied: “Eh…?”
But then my mind caught up with me and I added: “Yes, of course you can!”
I drove close to the buoy and she jumped onto it.
Instantly it became a gymnastics bar!
Now every time I drive by that buoy I smile to myself.
It is now a reminder of the value of looking at familiar things with a mindset of “what else…?”
Pick a thing in your environment that you have looked at thousands of times, smile and ask yourself: “What else could this be?”
Fredrik Haren – The Creativity Explorer.
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