Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Magic of Opposite
For several years I was connected with The Denver Center for Crime Victims. One of the things I did was to help put on workshops in child safety for The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. In some of these workshops The Denver police Department would make presentations about gang prevalence and other issues. I remember one tip that was frequently given. "Tell your child that, if they are being followed in a vehicle, to turn and run in the opposite direction. They will actually be running toward the predator but it will be in the opposite way from which the car is going. By the time the driver manages to find a chance to turn around your child can probably reach safety." There are other ways in which thinking of the reverse or the opposite can bring about good changes. Many businesses have been successful by building on troubles seen as opportunities. Looking at things in a different way is a skill that is taught in thinking creatively. If a task looms over you like a mountain, see it as a big bowl of your favorite ice cream. Do what you can to deflect, defuse, or take the sting out of things. Thinking in opposites is also a way to find the extra bit of charm to make something have that extra zing. So, I suggest to all wise magicians: Cultivate the art of the opposite. It lowers stress, makes for a bigger world, and brings new ideas to life. May the spark be with you.