In the last post, I was musing on how what we call mistakes in one frame of mind may be seen as quite enjoyable openings in a different frame of mind. Often with hindsight applied, it's true, but still, maybe some of our mistakes aren't the end of the line that we fear, but the start of a new, rather fun, line.
For example, while walking around Manchester recently, I spotted, on the restaurant menu of a quite nice hotel (that I walked past on the way to my accommodation for the night, sigh) the following item on offer for pudding (or dessert, if you frequent that kind of hotel):
"DECONSTRUCTED EATEN MESS"
Sounds quite delicious, don't you think? No?
I really enjoyed this mistake on several levels (and not solely because someone else had made it, though that helped...just a little). It created quite a mental image, I enjoyed the accidental appropriateness of its inappropriateness, and then there was the fun to be had with the idea that a mess can be deconstructed anyway. Oh, it was a good giggle...and far more memorable, high impact and eye catching than any advert for Eton Mess might have been.
For the less culinarily inclined, I ought to explain that, far from being a description of the UK Government's front bench, Eton Mess (when spelled correctly) is, in fact, a sweet dish made with crushed meringue, strawberries and whipped cream. Rather nice it is too. Though I did have to wonder how anyone could deconstruct three ingredients that are pretty much just mixed up and put in a dish. But then, who am I to deconstruct deconstruction?
Anyhow, I really enjoyed that mistake and the opportunities to create various ideas and streams of thought that it provided. And that's how some of that creative thinking thing works...bash together ideas that don't necessarily follow and see what emerges. And an important aspect of that process is suspending judgment of what emerges so that further, and possibly better formed, ideas can follow and open whole new avenues for exploration. With that in mind, perhaps we could even thank the makers of mistakes, and see what kinds of creative messes that practice develops?
So, thanks, me, in advance.