Though significantly advanced in age, I never knew a foolproof method for getting rid of hiccups until recently.  Contracting a case of the hiccups always meant long and helpless minutes, unable to speak properly, an instant slave to the disability and incapable of any remedy except patience.  I’d tried the old standards – holding my breath, drinking from a glass upside down, exactly nine sips of water, the whole 9 yards.  Nothing worked with any reliability.

And then my sweetie introduced me to the miracle cure.  Exhale completely, and point the tips of your index fingers at one another, about a foot in front of your face.  Bring your fingertips as close togther as possible without touching, remaining in the exhale.  Gaze hard at your fingers until you’re forced to inhale again.  It works like magic.

Your creativity is a little like this, also.  It’s an ability you have that when consciously enacted brings seemingly magical solutions.  It is the greatest gift to humanity because it makes solutions possible where none seemed to exist. 

The feeling of helplessness is pervasive amongst Americans:  we rage against economic hardship, social prejudices, political inanities – but have no faith in our ability to impact these problems.  But the truth is that every one of us is capable of locating all desired solutions for ourselves.  And collectively, our creativity can provide all society’s solutions.  Just like the marvelous hiccup cure, solutions exist everywhere in all their glorious simplicity. 


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