“Instead of thinking outside of the box, get rid of the box.” ~ Deepak Chopra.
When I am in one of my moods and nothing seems to be easy (I know, I know …who said it was supposed to be…), I become downhearted rapidly if I am not writing my own words. During these times, I am relieved the odd quote solicits temptation in me to write – something. It may be just a personal observation or a rant or an emotionally charged boo-hoo, poor me… but it would seem that certain phrases or quotes garner an inner reaction that evolves as an external response. Perhaps, it is my recent outbreak of “illness” (so contained because I cannot peg it specifically into one malaise box or another) that has me festering and the lack of words upon the page has created within an ill will. I am comforted by this fact: my words come out in one way or another and, therefore, I give apologies to my muse for my current disregard.
Who coined the phrase: Thinking outside the box?
I read the above quote in passing during my sojourn upon the social feeds. I love to travel the different posts and comments, diverting into another writer’s world by visiting their blogs, taking in referrals to interesting and pertinent articles and stories. There is a world of talent out there to discover and a world of learning never to cease. Anyway, the “box” quote had me thinking of how trendsetting the words were in their time and how it’s been so overused we now avoid its reference. At least, that’s my opinion. I think it had its time and to spout it as a project mantra in today’s world lessens the importance of any idea brainstorm. A general search on the Internet provided some clues to its origin and its tie to a diagram used to get you thinking. The 9 dots tested you by challenging you to draw the fewest straight lines through all the dots. “Outside the box”, therein, lies the answer.
According to the site http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/think-outside-the-box.html, they state “‘think outside the box’ originated in the USA in the late 1960s/early 1970s. It has become something of a cliché, especially in the business world, where ‘thinking outside the box’ has become so hackeyed (sic – should be hackneyed) as to be rather meaningless.” They go on to write, that “the encouragement to look for solutions from outside our usual thinking patterns was championed in the UK by Edward De Bono, the psychologist and inventor, who coined the term Lateral Thinking in 1967 and went on to develop it as a method of structured creativity.”
Their mention of “blue-sky thinking” drew me to be more in line with what we espouse as artists, creating something pulled from way out there, or drawing upon the channeling of words from beyond our immediate selves. This thought process was derived way back in the 1940s although this apparently is on the overused list, too, I can relate closer to this thinking with my claim to “freeing the creative spirit.” Creativity must be given rein to run without restraints in whatever medium you work, so as Mr. Chopra suggests, throw away the box – don’t contain it into any misaligned thinking. Begin to think and create on a larger platform, one you define and, in doing so, you remain true to your own passion. Cliché but appropriate – the sky’s the limit.