Breaking And Not Entering

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I have to admit I’m a creature of habit. I have a number of different routines depending on the activity or situation I am in at the time. I follow these routines, not because I’m lazy, but because they work for me. When I break out of these routines, that’s when I make mistakes.

This happened on Friday when I locked my car keys in the office. I always store my car keys with my phone in my desk drawer. When I leave for the day I grab both and I’m off. However on Friday I was already using my phone so I had it out on my desk. When I was leaving work I grabbed my phone off of my desk and left without my keys which were still in the drawer. When I got to my car and pushed the button to unlock it, nothing happened. Only then did I realize I forgot my keys.

I don’t know about you, but when something like that happens to me, it starts to get my creative juices flowing. I started to think about the different ways I could break into the office to get my car keys. I blame Hollywood for that.

First I thought about trying to pop out the screen in the window and crawling through. Of course, my rational thinking kicked that idea to the curb after I thought more about how am I going to crawl in a window that is probably locked from the inside and out of my reach.

Then I thought about picking the lock with a paper clip that I had with me. I would have no idea what to do with it, I think I would have just bent it and jiggled it around and pray that the door unlocked. With my luck that day, I think the paper clip probably would have broken off in the door and made things worse.

My last creative idea was to try using one of my credit cards in my wallet to open the door. I know you’ve seen it in the movies when the guy takes the credit card and slides it down the side of the door and it magically opens. Let me tell you, it doesn’t work, at least not for me. I didn’t try it this time because all I could think about was either dropping my credit card through to the other side of the door, or having it snap in half so I didn’t even want to risk it.

In the end I just called home to have someone bring my spare car key. It wasn’t the most exciting answer to my dilemma, but it was the one that worked best in this situation.

Are you stuck in a routine that is prohibiting your creative juices from flowing? Do you need to break free from your set patterns and become inspired again? I know it wasn’t the most ideal way for me to learn this lesson, but it sparked something inside of me that got me thinking “outside the box.”

Sometimes we need something like this to happen so we can look at things from a different perspective. Maybe we’ve been doing something a certain way because that’s the way we’ve been doing it all this time. That doesn’t mean it’s always the best or most efficient and effective way of approaching the situation. Is it time for you to reevaluate certain areas in your life and open yourself to new experiences? It may take some getting used to, but in the end it could lead you to new revelations about yourself and your way of life. What do you need to experience to break you out of your routine?

Erin Koshi (RA) is a Kauai real estate agent at Taba Realty & Development, LLC in Koloa. The company specializes in Kauai real estate, whether residential and commercial sales, residential and commercial property management, development services or consulting. Please feel free to comment on this post. You may contact Erin at erin@tabarealty.com.
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