Albert Einstein said "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking used when we created them".
The great man also said "Imagination is more important than knowledge".
A few days back I posted a list of movie reviews. One of the flicks I reviewed was Moneyball. In the review I stated that this is a "must see" movie, and that, although the subject matter is about the game of baseball, the meaning of the film goes far beyond a game. It is really about how we as human beings are trained to think.
Many is the time---back when I was constantly traveling on business---that I wondered if the folks who designed the hotels business people stay in ever stayed in them themselves. I don't think they did; because if they did, the rooms would not have been designed the way they were/are. Examples---mirrors located in the wrong places...not enough electrical outlets...TV is too small...not enough lighting, air conditioner/heater hard to regulate, air conditioner/heater designed so that the curtain hanging over it traps the air...etc, etc, etc.
They keep making hotel rooms the same way they have always made them. It's the only way they have ever made them and the only way their brains know how to make them. God forbid anyone ever steps out of their stupor and actually designs a room that is comfortable and convenient for the guest. Oh, my gosh! Somebody shoot me!!!
A few years ago I was president of our Sunday school class. It was a large and pretty dedicated group. Before I became leader, the accepted practice of scheduling someone to lead the class in prayer at the end of the instruction was for the president to go around, hat in hand, asking/begging for someone to lead the prayer at the end of the meeting. Now, understand that we are Methodists, so---unlike Baptists, for instance---there were many in the group who would refuse to lead the class in a 10-second closing prayer. It was maddening. I quickly got tired of this and one Sunday I stood if front of the group and told them that from now on we would be signing up to do the closing prayer in advance, and that once you were signed up for a particular Sunday, you would be held to that promise. My gosh---it worked perfectly! No more begging. No more being turned down. I did something different! And it worked spectacularly! "Outside the Box!"
I read of an apartment builder who noticed that when he built sidewalks around new aprtments he had constructed, within a short time, there were paths worn in the grass between buildings. People were not using the sidewalks, but were instead taking the shortest route between buildings. Guess what---he began waiting several months after constructing the buildings to see where the paths were worn in the grass---and then he layed the sidewalks over where the people were actually walking. Beautiful! Thinking "outside the box!"
|Dr Dean Ornish|
|Dick Fosbury and His "Flop"|
Can you think of instances in your life where thinking "outside the box" has led to success? And praytell---why don't we do a lot more of it?