Comfort with ambiguity caused me to think about riding the Vespa scooter in winter because at best all the elements are in play and in flux conspiring against you. A slight change in weather has great influence over how you ride. The uncertainly clearly leaves you in an ambiguous situation that defies the best planning. No wonder most riders stay at home.
Comfort with Ambiguity
That phrase, comfort with ambiguity, has been with me for days. Today, it’s there again before I physically start to move. My mind is already in another county. I heard that phrase while watching a TED TALK by Cindy Meyers Foley , Executive Assistant Director and Director of Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art.
In discussing the challenges of teaching creativity she postulates that artists employ three essential tools that are critical to creativity — in art, business, engineering, medicine — any field.
- Comfort with Ambiguity
- Idea Generation
- Transdisciplinary Research
Think about the people you know, the work you do and look in the mirror. How do you score with these three?
While today won’t look like this of my poor Vespa caught at work on a snowy day, it is supposed to rain. Ride to work? No. Why? Don’t want to. I have a lot to do and don’t need an extra dose of ambiguity.
Today, I’ll save the Vespa for another day.