It’s ubiquitous: “Think outside the box“! A command to be innovative and daring.
Hard to think “outside the box” when you don’t even know where/what the box is.
And there’s always: there is no box (or door, or key – Zen), it is a construct of your imagination.
I agree with the imagination thing, and I woke this morning with a great way to define the box in an easily identifiable way.
My own conjecture about “boxes” is usually around the pond outside my office window [this particular post links to a bunch of pond posts in addition to being about the pond]. The pond where I am at this moment watching a hawk watch that pond hoping for a fish or a frog. She’s quite beautiful and I do wish she had food other than this but I guess on a cold February day you take what you can get. And frogs are all sleeping. Hopefully the fish are hiding in the leaves. But I digress.
10 Ways to find the box so you can think outside of it:
- Listen to what you say out loud to other people
- When you hear “I can’t”, “I don’t”, “I would never”, pause.
- Take note of what follows those words. What follows is a story.
- That story is the outline of your box.
- Write it all down – do not think. Write down exactly what you were going to say.
- Read what you wrote.
- Choose to keep or discard all or parts of the story.
- Discard parts = enlarge your box.
- Discard all = there is not box.
- Write a new story: what does your world look like without this story?