When you’re faced with a trivial but impossible decision put a creative spin on it.
Make up arbitrary rules. Then stick with them.
“I’ll buy a book that has san-serif type on the cover, is thicker than 3 cm, and is written by a woman.”
“On my day off I’ll take the train to the first destination that has four syllables and no S in its name.”
“I’ll buy 3 things at the grocery store for dinner: one that’s under 200 yen, something with purple on the label, and whatever is to the left of the tomatoes.”
Setting a framework for yourself, no matter how silly, forces you to find creative solutions within the restrictions. What has a purple label and goes with escarole?
Or it might expose you to something you’ve never seen or tried before—a book on glazing your own windows, or the delights of Ichigaya.
I sometimes play game this with friends when we’re out wandering around and nobody wants to make a decision about where to eat. Everyone gets a to make one rule and has one veto if the restaurant is too dodgy or undesirable.
“We’ll eat at the next place we see that has a green sign, beer on the menu, and a waitress wearing an apron.”
It’s amazing how quickly you find a place that fits all the requirements.Posted by kuri at December 05, 2003 08:58 AM