A personal story I'd like to share with you....
Back in 1984, my oldest daughter, Michelle, was in the 1st grade.
We lived in Lake Worth, Florida then. I remember it well, as Michelle had been tested in kindergarten, then moved to what
they called "the gifted program" immediately. Michelle was always extremely bright as a very small child, I wasn't surprised
that they had wanted to test her.
One of Michelle's first homework assignments is what this short story is about. I asked her
after school what her homework was, as I cleaned up in the kitchen, and prepared dinner for that evening. I was waiting for
her response, which seemed to be coming slowly. As I reeled around to look her in the eye for another attempt at getting an
answer from her, she said, "We have to use some divergent thinking!"
As though stung by a bee, I was stunned. I repeated those words to myself, "Divergent thinking?
Divergent thinking. Divergent thinking? What the heck was divergent thinking?"
Michelle was obviously bursting with pride for stumping me or for forcing my lips to stay
shut, one of the two - and as I began to ask her, "What exactly is divergent thinking and how can it be a homework assignment?"
She spoke out loudly, clearly and confidently.
"It's very simple, mom. Divergent thinking is like, ummm, thinking a different way than normal.
It's when you use your imagination to think differently to show your creativity!"
She went off to her room to do who knows what; probably her homework assignment of "divergent
thinking!" But the reason I tell you this story now is that it is exactly what you need to incorporate into your life as soon
as possible. Divergent thinking.
This type of thinking will help you figure out how you can use your creativity and imagination
to find useful & enjoyable ways to volunteer to help someone. First determining what you're good at, then using divergent
thinking, making a description of what you would like to do, you then burst into action!
Find an organization that may have the opportunity available for you to work your own personal
magic in helping others. This in turn will teach you volumes. Just try out that, "divergent thinking" for yourself. It's well
worth your time and trouble!