By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thinking Outside the Box

Think outside the box... it's where the best i...
Think outside the box... it's where the best ideas live. (Photo credit: ArtJonak)
That's the good example Pope Francis is giving--an example that goes well beyond even the important topic of reform and governance in the Catholic Church. He sets up an advisory council of eight cardinals. As journalist John Allen recently pointed out, this step may change the entire way that people have viewed the governing structure of the Vatican--no longer may the post of Secretary of State be so splendid in its previously unique status. By the way, the Pope's holding of the Holy Thursday liturgy and foot-washing rite, with females included, in a juvenile jail is, in my opinion, another great example for all of us of legitimately thinking outside the box.

For each of us, thinking outside the box should be part of daily life. I have been amazed to see people bypass great opportunities to turn their lives around through education and training or just by associating with an entirely different type of social network. Through fear or just plain blindness or indifference, they fail to think outside the box. It is more comfortable to stick with the routine of the familiar, even if the familiar is a dead end.

When you face a problem or challenge, do not be afraid to wait for a solution that has not been tried before by anyone or by only a few. It often takes time for the new approach to germinate as our minds work on a challenge. But wait, make haste slowly (festina lente, as Augustus liked to say), and you may change your life, your world, and maybe the world of others.
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