I Know Why the Rabbit Always Finds the Bear

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“I know why the rabbit always finds the bear,” my two-and-a-half-year-old niece murmurs in the dark, long after we’ve finished reading and turned out the light.
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In a few seconds, I hear her little snore.
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I sit next to her, so charmed by the investigation her brain is chewing on–and reminded how those drowsy moments can invite the magic answers to swirl right in.
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You know, those amazing insights that pop in right before you doze off. The ones you don’t even need to write down because they are so perfect and cool.
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That fantastic idea for your tagline.
The story you want to include in the chapter you’re writing.
The solution for a client you’ve been puzzling about.
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I’ll definitely remember this, you think. How could I possibly forget it?
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In the morning, that beautiful idea disappears like a mouse tail slipping under the bureau. Wait, did you even see it?
And instead of that sleepytime sureness, the familiar, old not-knowing takes over.
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Lately, I’m allowing more time like that in my life. Sleeping more. Walking when I’m stuck instead of forcing myself to “think” it out. Keeping a notebook for those random magic insights.
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And providing more of that for my clients. Time and space for asking more questions, letting down the old guards, and being together in the quiet, making room for new language and previously unconsidered notions to slip in.
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What if we could be as receptive to the magic as a two-year-old drifting off to sleep?
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We’ve heard it all our lives:
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Less is more. Don’t think–feel! Hold on loosely. Let it go, etc. 
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It’s not always so easy to do when our business is on the line, though. Right?
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What words or ideas or solutions might pop in if you weren’t trying so hard or resisting or procrastinating (or whatever you do when you’re stuck) so much?
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Try asking yourself question before you go to sleep or take a walk.
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What would help me help my client on this problem?
How would a child describe what I do? 
What story would most memorably teach this point?
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See what bubbles up.

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