The other day I had to go to the Apple store to get a tweak done to the old gal. I’ve had this laptop for coming up on 4 years and I love it. I’ll be very sad when it dies and I’m hoping that won’t be for quite a while. So anywho, while I’m there I said hi to my favorite Apple guy, Andrew, who sold me my first laptop almost 4 years ago. Andrew and I always get in the best of conversations when I get to see him. Which isn’t as often as they used to be as I’m not working downtown anymore. The random topics we cover, once I get finished bugging him about when Apple was going to hook up with Verizon for the iPhone. That’s just not happening fast enough for me. But I digress. On this particular day we were discussing word and number games, crosswords, suduko and the jumble. Andrew does the jumble which I occasionally tackle but don’t relish it like he does. He gave me a hint. He said his grandmother taught him to look at letters in a circle, to write them that way so you can try letters on with each other until you find the ones that go together to make the word. I thought this was a brilliant strategy. Take out the linear in the letters and you’ll find the answer. I’ve employed it many times over the past few days to much success. I’m now enjoying the jumble a bit more.
This can be applied to so many aspects of life. I, especially, have a tendency to find a way of doing something and thinking that’s the only way that task can be accomplished, that audition performed, that path followed. Sometimes things do have a definite way of doing things, such as constructing a house or baking a cake. But the key here is to shake up the thinking on things that I tend to put on auto pilot. Not just the letters in a jumble but all aspects of my life and career. I’m going to put many things in a circle as I look at it so I don’t get stuck in a linear rut.