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Sunday, January 1, 2012

What color is your corset?

"To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted."
  -George Kneller

Corsets.  Did you know that there are people in this world who make corsets for a living?  I know one, and I am in awe. She is a true artist, passionate about what she does, and highly successful in the business sense.  Who knew?  There are haberdashers, too.  (Those are hat makers.)  And people who sell specialty cupcakes on-line.  And aerial acrobats...some of whom don't even work for Cirque du Soleil.  Hmmm...

"So, what's the point?" you may ask.  Well, it's simple, yet profound.  Most of us have a tendency to live what we know.  We make choices almost exclusively based on what we have already experienced, very seldom moving out more than a few feet from our personal bubble.  These limits can, then, define us and create a reality that is unnecessary and often causes us to ultimately lose ourselves in what we've become.  

But, the choice is ours.  I challenge us to look again...what is available to all of us?  If it is happiness we seek (and isn't that what we all seek?), then it's time to look at all the possibilities that surround us.  Remember to ask ourselves: "What color is your corset?"

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