Tuesday, August 4, 2009

re-interpret obstacles as possible opportunities




The above questions need no explanation - they are a useful tool for those moments when life throws you a curve ball and you feel stymied or stuck. Apologies that they are a little difficult to read - when I enlarge the image the text goes blurry. Just have to work a little harder than normal to unwrap this gift. :) Posted by Picasa

27 comments:

  1. As always, coming by your postings gives me a bit of welcome inspiration. After this mornings musings in a dying village, it was a great relief to be here. Thanks for posting this.

    ExpatFromHell

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  2. It's good to know optimistic people. You always give me a lift.

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  3. Expat from Hell:

    Your post today was a scarey, sad look at what is becoming of small town America (I am thinking North America - because we see this in Canada too). Without big industry it has become almost impossible for small towns to sustain themselves.

    I'm delighted you find a bit of inspiration here.

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  4. hi bonnie, very good stuff!!!! i imagined a set of oracular chance cards using modified versions of these phrases . . .e.g., "allow a closed door to be an invitation to knock and enter." "let the edge of the precipice be a launching pad." these could be used in much the same manner as the oblique strategies tool on my "flow" blog. the reader would pull one at random in answer to a question that is posed. have a peaceful evening. steven

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  5. Sandra:

    You know, I'm not really optimistic - think my childhood knocked any natural bent toward optimism out of me. But I have made it a point to learn how to purposefully shift into an optimistic mode. My default mode is usually not the most optimistic. I use these questions to give myself a nudge in that direction too.

    Negativity is usually a learned attitude/behavior, and it can be unlearned. I'm the proof.

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  6. Dear Bonnie,
    Good Questions - Easy Answers, in theory. No, yes, yes, yes. BUT, there comes a time, particularly when you have been struggling for a long time,
    when it would be so easy to give up the struggle and accept limitations of whatever kind.
    I am really going to enjoy our conversations!

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  7. Wonderful post! Brings to mind that old adage of "look for the silver lining."

    http://juliemagerssoulen.blogspot.com

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  8. Steven:

    Very interesting, bordering on strange, that you would make that suggestion. Years ago, I developed a problem-solving "game" that was based on different sets of cards that you could pull to activate lateral thinking/creativity that you could apply to real life or business problems. I called it "Mind Moves". The company that produced Trivial Pursuit was interested, studied it in their "test kitchen", but decided it was too "up market" to make any money. Close, but no cigar.

    Isn't that weird - that your mind would come up with an idea that my mind had come up with too?!

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  9. so bonnie, i'm assuming that you might still "own" the idea. you clearly have access to creativity, sensitive intelligence, and lots of other goodies. perhaps it's time to give that idea another tickle?!!!! synchronicity / the convergence of divergence? i don't know. it makes me feel like i'm in the right place at the right time for the right reasons and i'll happily roll with that!!!! have a peaceful evening. steven

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  10. Steven:
    Well, I own "Mind Moves" - but variations thereof would be in the public domain. I hope you did not think I brought that up, to "mark territory". I was simply amazed that our minds work in a similar way. Oracular cards that originate with you would be yours. Go for it!

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  11. definitely food for thought. As always a blog to learn from.

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  12. Timely advice. I was just talking to my daughter about how change is inevitable and we have to face it with the right attitude.

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  13. You should give the idea of that game (mentioned in the comments above) another airing.

    You've got a great, diverse blog here - thanks for the comment and the recommendations. Really enjoyed the ``kissing the ground'' image!

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  14. IT's a bit like the ostrich with his head in the sand not wanting to face reality. We have to open our minds to different possibilities and look at things from a different angle. Easier said than done, but I'm definitely a work in progress! I'm with David...give that game another shot...it's my kind of game and I bet quite a few others!

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  15. I thrive on change! When shit hits the fan in my life, the initial shock/sadness/anger/frustration is usually pretty severe, but it soon subsides, and a kind of exhiliration and excitement arrives in its place. When i look back at at all interruptions to my "plan" in the past, they now all make perfect sense! Often i think it's the resistance to the unknown/unexpected that hurts us most. We need to just roll with it, and think creatively to make the best of our newfound situations.
    Great post!

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  16. I love this Bonnie, esp. since I am currently experiencing a state of unrest at work. Indeed, it's how we SEE the experience/opportunities. Thanks for such wonderful food for thought this morning.

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  17. Friko:

    I am enjoying our communication too!

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  18. Julie:

    Yes, silver linings - I think they are always there somewhere in your photographs.

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  19. Choices:

    Well, I consider that such welcome feedback. Thank you.

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  20. Margaret:

    It really is all about change and our reaction to it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. david mcmahon:

    Thanks for coming over and taking a look around. With all the blogs you see and recommend, I am pleased you see the diversity here. As for the game, thank you, but I think others have come up with similar and superior products since I worked on that one. Plus, I have finally accepted that I am good with ideas, and not so good with marketing my ideas.

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  22. Alicia:

    That is so key - to stay open. We can see, sense, absorb so much more if we are open. So much easier to adapt to circumstance from an open stance rather than a closed, rigid one.

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  23. One little simitopian:

    That is what we learn from so many of the eastern philosophies: it is our resistance to what is that causes our suffering. Accepting what is and going with the flow, decreases suffering - important point you make there.

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  24. Jayne:

    It really is about how we choose to SEE things. Perception. And it is so empowering, because we are usually in control of our way of perceiving the world.

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  25. hi bonnie - no no "marking" of territory. i own nothing - especially ideas - i think that you should go for it and revisit what wasn't menat to be once before but feels like it should be out there now!!! you could solicit ideas from the bloggywordl for phrases to include. have a peaceful day!! steven

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