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Monday, August 31, 2009

Play Checkers Outdoors

I've advocated doing things a little differently: looking at your neighborhood from the roof, for instance, or practicing connection with others.

Here's another spin on that: do a mundane, familiar thing in an unfamiliar place.

The title example, "Play Checkers Outdoors," may seem tame.

But do it, and watch what happens.

Doing indoor things outdoors--or outdoor things indoors--gives a whole new feel to things.

Ask anyone who's taken an outdoor shower.

Have you ever watched TV outdoors? (We see it all the time on street corners in China.)

Or let's move the other way: indoor paintball; riding a bike down the hallway of a building; picnic on a rug.

They point is (again) to get out of your rut. See with new eyes. Refresh, and re-create.

You'll be happier.

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