And the ‘Jury-Rigging’ Gold Goes to…

I know, I know…I’ve been a real slack*#~ blogger this summer…no fear…pre-season football, daylight dwindling, the somber stares of children everywhere…all telling me it’s time to get back in the saddle…the season is here…

I come from a long line of proud jury-riggers…

SIDE NOTE: This phrase has an interesting etymology…originating…as many of our idioms do…from nautical terminology…hmpf…I always thought it probably started with some madcap genius named Jerry…

Anyway…our kitchen faucet’s leaky. My father, while house-sitting recently, reminded me of my proud heritage by jury-rigging the handle with some rubber bands he’d taken off the newspapers he was bringing in…

I only hope my son has inherited ‘my side’s’ knack for the make-shift, make-do, work with what ‘ya got, work around, ingenuity inherent in being a first-class jury/Jerry-rigger.

Necessity breeds invention, right? When I was a kid, we didn’t always have the means to buy a new table, toaster or dryer when they went on the fritz…what we lacked in resources, we made up for in resourceFULNESS.

And, I mean, talk about life-skill! When was the last time you had all the resources you “needed” for…well…anything?

Let me be clear: my faucet still leaks.

But chickens, this is the icing on the cake…(mmmm, cake)…this is the reason why  I’m throwing out right here…right now…BAM!…a fall semester challenge to practice, practice, practice and perfect your jury/Jerry-rigging abilities. Not only will your brain bloom, like some kind of steroidal lotus at dawn,with creativity, inspiration and good ole’ fashioned gumption…but you will grow, inch-by-inch, more comfortable with human fallibility.

There are some things we cannot fix, make right, or get rid of and replace.

But you cannot…must not, chickens…allow this chapping fact to deter your jury/Jerry-rigging efforts! (⇐This is the challenge part…) Because if you do your brain’ll start dropping off, petal-like, into a dark pond of abyss.

So this semester, when you find yourself faced with a problem…before you quit,max out your credit cards or compromise your sanity…tap our collective, American heritage…put your jury/Jerry-rigging skills to good use…slapdash, ad-lib, improvise and invent…because this is what really makes us human.

Stay-tuned for my upcoming post on octopuses…yes, it is octopuses, not octopi…but right now…I’m off to Lowe’s to faucet shop.

I Do – Do You?

I Think Do, Therefore I Am

I think it’s safe to say we’ve all felt overwhelmed a time or two. You know that quick-sand-sinking-can’t-breathe-elephant-on-my-chest-head-in-a-blender feeling that leads to…deer-in-the-headlights-I-can’t-feel-my-tongue-why-can’t-I-see-colors feeling.

TheThinkerAKA: Paralysis.

Usually, I champion thinking…you know…through affecting channels like Critical Thinking: The Other National Deficit bumper stickers and magnets that remind us to Think: It’s Not Illegal Yet…

But…I’m having second thoughts.

Sometimes the most effective way to get over feeling overwhelmed…or ineffective or unaffected or unmotivated or disconnected…is to shut down command.

That’s right…forgetta’bout’it. Stop thinking about what she said, what he did, why you said that, how it may look, what went wrong, why it won’t work, what so-and-so thinks, how to begin, why things always turn out like this, what-if, what-if and what-if...

Give yourself to the Dark Side. Yes, your thoughts betray you.

When Darth Vader comes creepin’, use the force to send your “thinking brain” to a galaxy far, far away. Go ahead and channel your inner ‘wookiee’, your “animal brain” that wants to act, wants to do first and think later…find food, take shelter…survive!bubbles

Do something – anything. Take one action, accomplish one task: write your name, wash the dishes, call your mother, organize your desk. Start with something trivial, something rote, to help power down and then just keep going…I mean doing

Don’t (all together now) over think it.

Actions (all together now) speak louder than words…anyway.

And to prove my point…I’m not going to think too much about where the nerdy Star Wars references came from?!?!

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post on the importance of critical and creative thinking…