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Neophilia – a new word – a not so new idea

April 18, 2013

I never promised or professed that the ideas shared in this blog were Megan originals.  But maybe coming up with new ideas is over-rated.  Neophilia was a new word for me a couple of weeks ago when it was presented to me.  It is a noun and means “a tendency to like anything new; love of novelty”.  As a society we do tend to love things that are new.  One of the most common greetings is “what’s new”.  I’ve even written about the idea of trying new things to assist you in answering this question.  But “new” isn’t always the ideal to be striving for.   Sometimes it is better to focus on what is working than to continually strive for something new.  Focusing on new can be a distraction from facing what is really going on in your job, your life, your relationships, your – whatever.   The writer who introduced me to the word neophilia said:

“In contemporary art or movies, it makes perfect sense to be focused on the bleeding edge, on the new idea that’s never been previously contemplated. But when we’re discussing our goals, our passion and the way we interact with the culture, it seems to me that what works is significantly more important than what’s new.  Racing to build your organization around the latest social network tool or graphics-rendering technology permits you to spend a lot of time learning the new system and skiing in the fresh powder of the unproven, but it might just distract you from the difficult work of telling the truth, looking people in the eye and making a difference.”

Making a difference doesn’t necessary require a new and revolutionary idea or action, most of the time it just means figuring out what is working and then actually doing it.

Sky Report at 10:00 – I don’t totally remember – which is funny as I checked right on time on Wednesday and Thursday but then forgot to share it.

Yarn Strands: white and light blue

 

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