I dumped my dogs’ basket of bones and balls onto the floor so I could wash the container. You would have thought that I gifted them with an entirely new selection of treats. Suddenly the same old bones acquired new allure and I think they played with every one of the items that they had ignored for months.

Does the same principle apply to you in other situations? Clothes that are emptied from the closet and actually seen may stimulate new wardrobe options without additional purchases. A metaphorical “dumping of the basket” to put all your publications and advertisements in one place may reveal themes you did not see in isolation. A new look at all the items in your refrigerator or pantry may trigger refreshed menu options.

Maybe it’s time to turn things over and see if there is something great hiding in plain sight.

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