A Bottle for Ideas Brings the Enticement of Exploration

I went to an art sale today where I bought this bottle for ideas. I chose this one rather than a bottle for courage, truth, or inspiration. As you can see, my bottle is empty. Although I consider myself a veritable well of ideas – many of them good…right now I got nothin’. Maybe I should have opted for a bottle of inspiration, but I digress.
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Since I’m fresh out of ideas, I think I’ll just share some things I’m pondering:

Why are cowboy boots so comfortable?
They don’t have memory foam or padded soles or special arch supports, but they always feel great! Maybe that’s why my dad had a closet full of them.

Who decided high heels were a good idea?
While I’m on shoes, I may as well question why anyone thinks the unnatural stance and awkward gait created by high heels are a good thing.

Why can’t all clothes feel like pajamas?
Of course I mean feel like pajamas and look like tailored, polished, professional clothes! Actually, they can look funky and creative but fit well while feeling like pjs and I’d be pretty happy.

Have I ever had a favorite color?
I like lots of colors and color combinations, but I can’t think of a color I consider my favorite. I think I used to answer paisley to this question because the question annoyed me.

Why do popcorn and coffee smell so good?
You don’t even have to like coffee to like the smell of it. Before I was a coffee drinker, I wanted to pour it over my head so I could feel the warmth and breath in the fragrance. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve craved popcorn simply because its aroma filled the air.

Why do products I consider superior disappear so quickly?
The obvious answer is that I like things very few people like. That could be true, but I don’t think so. Anyone else have this problem?

Why would anyone think you need to add sugar to dried fruit?
Ever notice how hard it is to find dried mango, papaya, cantaloupe or pineapple without added sugar? Fruit is sweet to begin with and drying it concentrates the natural sugar. That seems sweet enough to me.

Am I going to have to create a winter garden in my house to get vegetables and fruit with flavor?
It is a constant source of frustration that my local grocery stores are filled with fruit and vegetables that have no flavor. In the winter, farmers markets are not an option.

Why do we still use QWERTY keyboards?
Hardware has outgrown the need to slow down our typing speed. Wouldn’t we be more productive if we could text faster?

Why do fire trucks use sirens when driving in Christmas parades?
Those things are really loud and kinda scary for small children.

Why do weather reports seem less accurate now that we have more technology?
Maybe there is so much information available that we can’t interpret it properly or maybe we just arrogantly believe weather can be predicted with certainty. At this point in time, it cannot.

Should an increased genetic tendency for a specific cancer lead to preventative surgery?
This is an individual patient choice and should be an informed one. To me, it seems dicey to recommend surgery when, like the weather, we cannot predict with certainty whether a patient will develop cancer. Many camps will disagree with me.

If an increased genetic tendency for a specific cancer can be a reason to recommend something as invasive as surgery, why would a physician be remotely hesitant to recommend a gluten-free diet to someone with a genetic tendency for celiac disease?
This has stumped me for years. A gluten-free diet can be nutritionally complete so ?????

Why would a healthcare provider automatically send me home with a prescription for 30 opioid pills after a minor procedure instead of waiting to see if potential pain could be controlled with acetaminophen, a NASID or naproxen?
There are probably a lot of people asking this question right now.

What are my intentions for 2018?
Will they lead to changes in my job process, friendships, boundaries, or financial transactions? Will they lead to ideas?

No matter how much I ponder or what direction my thoughts take, I know I feel best when I can see a wealth of possibilities opening up in front of me. Sometimes the best way to get to that point is to sit still and allow myself to visualize what can be without the encumbrance of fear or practicality.

I can figure out the how later. I don’t need ideas right now. All I need is the enticement of exploration.

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