Petals around the rose answer
22 September 2004
Google is great for finding answers to many of life’s puzzles; Although, for some healthy problem solving satisfaction I recommend trying to work some things out for yourself.
The process that will help you find the solution is like any creative obstacle course – it has a beginning, a middle and an end.
To start off, your conscious mind is in charge. You find yourself steaming through all the old familiar methods – looking for the logic. Persevering with this seemingly useless exercise will be tedious and hopefully infuriating.
Frustration is a good sign you mind is moving into the next step. Push it a bit further because while you are busy calculating and cursing, your subconscious is watching and taking notes. Don’t despair when the demands from your conscious self for distraction become impossible to ignore - take a break – it’s your mind’s opportunity to put the serious machinery into gear.
After satisfying your need to focus at something nice and simple, like reading a few RSS feeds, revisit the problem. The level of euphoria you feel when the answer appears from nowhere (your subconscious knows better) will be proportional to the agony endured getting there.
The answer to the rose petals puzzle will be on the net, but why look out there when the answer is right in front of you!