Yesterday I got started on something new at work, and was puzzling it out with several co-workers. I have this little whiteboard at my desk, and was using it to illustrate how I thought the whole thing would be put together.
After some lively discussion, we reached some degree of consensus about it. I realized that verbalizing what we were doing, my idea of it, and the related factors just hadn't been enough.
I don't usually draw stuff out like that, but it was so helpful. And it got me thinking about keeping an open mind about trying new things, taking a different perspective, trying to learn differently.
I'm grateful I can keep an open mind. It does me a lot of good.