A while ago I participated in a MOOC offered by David Owens, a Professor in Vanderbilt’s School of Management. He presented the course Leading Strategic Innovations in Organizations (By the way these courses are free and a new session for Dr. Owens’ starts on July 1, 2014.) I got a lot out of this course for both my personal and career development. Here is one idea that really resonated with me. Professor Owens said something like “It is not a matter of thinking outside the box, but making the box bigger.”
What I got out of that statement was that it is not really so difficult to think or operate outside the norm. In so doing, I can have all the irrelevant “outside the box” experiences that I want. I can equate this to being anesthetized with my addictions when I am apart from the world, basking in my grandiosity of oblivion. However, making the box bigger, so that I can fit inside of it allows me to be true to myself but also be a part of the human experience – to take responsibility for myself and be responsible for the contributions I can bring to the table.
Even though I am living in recovery and not actively living in my addictions, I can too easily become isolated away in my own little world. The challenge is to claim my place at the table where I can live in harmony with everyone else but also stay true to my path in life. I liken this to a luminous web of interconnectivity.
I consider making the box bigger a challenge and an opportunity in recovery. And like all else in recovery a true process and not event.