Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Inside Story of the Apple

Anyone who knows me, knows I love books...love reading, love learning. Anyway at the moment I am reading a book called Emotional Alchemy. In it there is this story which really touched a chord, and I wanted to share it with you.
A teacher asked a class "What colour are apples?" Most said red, others green and one child said white. The teacher explained - you can find red, and green but never white apples. The youngster said "Oh, yes you can look inside".
Wow ! How true is that. I know we are all taught not to judge a book by its cover but in reality we find it hard. Hands up who thought the child was wrong when they said white....hands up who now realises the question was not clear and it was just another persons way of viewing the same thing. It made me also think how much we cover up inside ourselves....do we get so wrapped up with what the world sees that we ignore our "core". Help yourself break habits this weekend...try one thing new - brushing your teeth with your opposite hand.....feel the unease of the change and instead of reverting back to habit...enjoy the strangeness of how it feels. Then Monday....try something new at work !

2 comments:

Michael Wagner said...

Thanks for the book tip - I ran across your blog due to a comment you left at Eie Flud. I love books too. This looks like one for me to look up.

As a teacher and trainer I help people re-imagine their company or organization brand. It requires getting a new point of view regarding the "same thing". And that is the rub. Amazing how stuck we can get.

A creativity mentor and friend of mine is Maria Girsch. She says that creativity is an act of remembering; remembering what we were like as children and acting that way in our adult lives.

On the homepage of her firm, www.CreativityCentral.com they have a new way each day to stretch your perspecitve.

Again, for thank you for this posting, book notice and helpful reminder to break habits this weekend. There is so much more to see and do!

MabelandHarry said...

Thank you for taking the time to visit - if you liked it tell your friends ! Following the creativity theme you might like orbiting the giant hairball by Gordon Mackenzie - brilliant book ! Are you based in the UK ?