My wife and I subscribe to the Indiana Repertory Theater season most years. Since both of us work downtown where the theater is located, we select a weeknight performance and go out to dinner before each play. As we discussed dinner plans for last night’s excellent performance of Iron Kisses, it became apparent to both of us that we were really in a dining out rut.
Luckily, Susie had a list of restaurants that she had torn from a magazine. I was amazed at the number of restaurants in Indianapolis that I had not heard of. We made a list of locally owned restaurants and started working our way thru the list with Deano’s Vino before the play last night.
This whole process got me to thinking about how easily we fall into ruts. Here’s one that will challenge you more than you expect. Tomorrow, when you’re getting dressed, put on your underwear by starting with the other leg: the one that always goes in last. Then do the same thing with your pants. You probably can’t even tell which leg is the other leg right now, but you’ll notice tomorrow.
These are the ideas that lie at the heart of creativity. It isn’t having a flash of brilliance. It’s looking at the same old stuff in a different, unusual way. It’s time to start changing things up. Sit in a different seat at the next staff meeting. Drive home via a different route. Eat at a locally owned establishment that you’ve never noticed before. And put the other leg in your pants first.