Lola loves our new house. She has tons of room to play, run, and jump around. She loves that her toys are in a special little area. She loves that the kitchen is big enough that she can watch me cook – even if it makes me a nervous wreck…
But Lola did not take kindly to the process of packing up the old house. She started pulling her hair.
At first, it was nothing. Then she started pulling out bigger chunks. When it became clear she wouldn’t stop, I cut it into an adorable little pixie cut. Very cute. When her hair could no longer cover the spot on her head without looking like a balding man’s comb over, I cut it completely off – just so that she would stop. Not exactly the kind of hair cut I enjoy giving my tiny princess.
Of course, I still see her for the beautiful little girl she is. And goodness knows, she doesn’t realize her hair isn’t supposed to be a quarter inch long. She does, however, know how many people have told her how ridiculously beautiful she looks in her candy pink Phillies hat. With no hair, her eyes look bigger & brighter and you can see her fantastically expressive eyebrows.
When was the last time you cut off your hair?
So often we fixate on details that don’t matter. We can’t see the beauty of what we’ve created because an assumption gets in our way. Letting an assumption cloud our judgment while we’re creating is a surefire way to create something mediocre. It may be nice, functional, practical – but is it innovative? unique? beautiful?
Need help challenging your preconceptions & creative assumptions?
- Ask for a second opinion. A stranger’s eyes see past your every day, in the box notions.
- Keep a clear focus. When you’re concentrating on solving a problem or meeting a specific need (like getting your daughter to stop pulling her hair!), it’s easier to make difficult decisions that challenge the status quo.
- Consider alternatives. Especially unexpected or just plain crazy alternatives. By allowing yourself to break from “reality,” you’re more likely to reimagine reality in a way that helps you meet your goal.