When was the last time you blew bubbles with no children in sight?
It's fun to think of myself as one who is in touch with my inner child - an out-of-the-box thinker. The more accurate reality is that this is only true some of the time. I get into ruts just like my friends who don't label themselves as creative. It happens all the time.
Hiro Boga suggested an idea for pushing ourselves out of the ruts that I'd never thought about before. Her blog post, Bubble therapy, recommends pulling out the bubbles when you're stuck or conflicted or weighed down by patterns you know no longer suit you, but keep showing their heads, anyway. She writes:
The next time you find yourself stuck in a mental loop that goes something like…
I knew this would never work
I just want to stay in bed and hide under the covers until roots grow out of my hair
What’s the use? Nothing ever really changes
I should lose weight/eat more vegetables and chocolate/exercise every day/stop hanging out on Twitter all day/find a more decorous way to pick my nose
…get out your bubble solution and wand and blow bubbles.
This is one of the first things I read this morning. I read it and giggled at the thought. (I also giggled at the thought that someone would include nose-picking in their business blog; it was just too perfect for a Friday morning in which I wanted to start the day with an open mind.) "I should blow bubbles," I declared to myself. And then, in it creeped, the unbidden thought: "What if the neighbors noticed? The ones who don't know me well enough to come out and ask, 'Dude, what are you doing, blowing bubbles with no children around? Can I play too?' The ones who would peek their heads back inside, confident now, if they weren't already: there is a loony chick in the neighborhood.
Why on earth should I care what someone else would say about my propensity to take paths that are typically relegated to those under 12 years of age? If Hiro Boga tells me that if I do, "the energy will shift. Old patterns will dissolve. New ones will emerge, to dissolve in turn…" who am I to say she's wrong? After all, I've never once tried it before! Have you?
I love reminders and opportunities to look at quandaries through a new set of lenses. Here is offered this most delightful suggestion and I can't imagine why on earth I shouldn't try it out. What's the worst thing that could happen? We might let out an extra giggle? We might feel foolish? We might draw a crowd of laughing children we're not used to hanging out with?
What about you? Want to blow some bubbles? Who knows what might come unstuck for us!