The school features:
- a small, self-selecting student body
- free tuition but a varying materials cost
- individualized learning
- a flexible class schedule
Don’t let its liberal admissions policy fool you. Although you’ve already been accepted and can enroll any time, it’s a competitive curriculum.
Founded at the beginning of time on the principles of:
- “who cares what others are doing?”
- “why not give it a try?”
- “it doesn’t sound (that) stupid to me,”
the Whatever Works School of Thought (WWST) is for open-minded people willing to entertain outlandish ideas that may improve their lives.
Since I began my studies years ago I carry a hefty course load: dry brushing, oil pulling, using a neti pot, practicing yoga, (mostly) using homeopathic medicine, reading self-improvement books, meditating, and using a scalp massager and an acupressure mat.
Ridicule, suspicion, and derision are common responses to my habits. When I told a friend about using a neti pot he blurted out, “you stick something that looks like a penis up your nose!?”
“Correct,” I replied. “Small price to pay.” Because I haven’t had a sinus infection since I began using it daily. It’s not like I’m doing nasal irrigation on national television. What difference does it make? The benefit is clear, the embarrassment is minimal, and I’m not hooked on Zyrtec.
Meanwhile, upturned noses and downturned lips are what I get in response to my Spoonk acupressure mat. Still, I don’t care. It feels amazing and lulls me to sleep.
But friends share their deepest doubts when it comes to my homeopathic medicine. “Do they work?” people always ask, their voices dripping with haughtiness. “Not with that attitude,” I tell them.
“What’s the active ingredient?” they persist. “Faith,” I say.
The products work for me and don’t harm others. In fact, most of the products are "buy once, use for a lifetime," making them cost-effective and reducing waste.
Still, it helps to remember the WWST method:
- suspend disbelief in favor of experimentation
- acknowledge your ignorance, test it, then decide
- ask, does it make me feel better without hurting anyone or anything?
- expect, and accept, awkwardness and failure so you stay open to the potential win
In short, who cares? Try it. It may work.
These principles work with anything a little outside the box. None of the habits are life-long commitments. While preconceived ideas, rigid interpretations, and narrow-mindedness are sticky and familiar, their only purpose is hampering our growth and progress.
Your first assignment—can you be ok enough with uncertainty to try a new and potentially bizarre activity, even if there’s no immediate payoff?
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