The word that was on my mind this afternoon. Courtesy of a few unplanned – random happenings while out and about today.
It all, unknowingly, began with a Thought for the Day I saw at the tube station. It read,
Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself.Mark A. Cooper (seen @mordernstation)
I had both an â€˜oooâ€™ and slight â€˜owâ€™ reaction to it. I definitely feel it is a muse worthy thought. One that could probably be seen and taken from multiple directions. E.g. in life it isnâ€™t as simple as switching channels when you see something you donâ€™t like.
I think what I may subconsciously have internalised from it, was that directive that I/you/we will have to be the one to change â€˜itâ€™ or things.
Just over an hour later I was sitting in a Lebanese spot that I happened upon last Friday. There I was enjoying munching on my wrap and reading a book about empowerment, when the music that had previously pleasantly been serenading my eardrums suddenly accosted them with its volume.
I and the other two patrons were stunned, and all our eyes were affixed on the employee who was desperately trying to address the situation. With a remote at that! – A very uncooperative remote.
And do know what I eventually did? I should really leave you to find out in the Friday Thought (yes, Friday this week not Thursday) that came next.
Oh alright, I did a little dance. Not on the table or nowt, just a little jig in my seat.
Relevance? I thought to myself, what do you do when the volume of the music has gone crazy? Keep staring (and laughing) at the employee whilst slowly becoming a tad impatient or have a dance break? I believe dance breaks are good for the soul, so thatâ€™s what I chose.
I had a choice to view and respond to the situation one way, and then chose to change or innovate and respond to it in a different way. I was enjoying myself so much that I was actually a bit disappointed when the employee finally managed to shut off the music!
One other happening today -which occurred between the the two above- was another sign that caught my eye, and made me stop.
Cocktails before Curfew | Happy Hour Monday – Friday 7.30 pm – 9.30 pmGreen Room London
Here was a London business making the most of the 10pm closure rule. Thatâ€™s the moment the word innovate consciously came to mind.
Innovate: mid 16th century: from Latin innovat- â€˜renewed, alteredâ€™, from the verb innovare, from in- â€˜intoâ€™ + novare â€˜make newâ€™ (from novus â€˜newâ€™)Oxford Languages via google search
With the latest round of restriction changes in certain parts of the country, businesses are particularly in the forefront of the news this week.
I cannot categorically say that this cocktail hour is a new thing. However, I have passed this venue a few times in recent weeks (including last Friday) and this is the first Iâ€™ve seen the sign. Their clever word choice indicates that it is at least a new inception or spin on something. In line with and inspired by our changing times.
Hence, all these things combined, have the word innovate on my mind.
Maybe, itâ€™s now also on yours.