When Is A Door Not A Door? (Kokology #50)
It isn’t every day that you have the time to take a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood: a stroll without purpose or destination, a chance to stretch your legs, let the mind wander, and get reaquainted with some old familiar sights. On your way, perhaps you’d stop in at a cozy coffee shop, explore the paths of a favorite park, or take the opportunity to do some window-shopping. Then there are those days when it’s enough just to let your feet decide your course…
Picture yourself on a stroll through town. The day is beautiful and you’re half-lost in a daydream. You turn onto a street that you’ve never been down before, and as you walk you pass a beautiful house set somewhat back from the street. Pausing a moment to admire the lovely home, you notice the door is half-open. Why is the door ajar?
1. The house is being burglarized.
2. The owner forgot to close it.
3. The owner is inside, sweeping out the entranceway.
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All The World’s A Stage (Kokology #49)
Life is often compared to a drama—it’s and easy comparison to make. The coming and going of the characters, the suspense as each day’s plot unfolds, the lines we hear spoken, and the acts performed: you could say we live each day on stage. There are even genres to the stories—office comedies and after-school specials, sometimes even a mystery or romance . And the star of each daily episode is…YOU! That’s what makes life’s drama so fascinating and endlessly varied—every cast member in every scene, every extra on the street, is the star of his or her own story in a plot that gets more complex every day. Even the simplest exchange between two people can have infinite implications as the drama plays out. Maybe that’s why, despite the same old character and story lines we can never seem to get enough. In the next scenario the curtain is up, the crowd is waiting and the spotlight is on YOU.
1. You are a member of a theater group. What type of play do you most want to act in. In the play, what do you picture as your big scene? Explain.
2. You audition for the part and are chosen from among all your fellow performers for the starring role. What words does you main rival have for you on being chosen?
3. At the last dress rehearsal before opening night, you see the director sitting with his arms crossed in front of him. He looks dissatisfied with you performance. What is it he doesn’t like?
4. The performance goes off without a hitch, and the play was a huge success. The crowd has gone home happy after the encore, and the theater is quiet. What do you say to the empty hall as you stand there looking out for the darkened stage?
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Spreading Your Wings (Kokology #48)
In times of stress and frustration, it’s normal and natural for people to want to shed thier troubles and leave the world behind. Think about it. When you love someone who doesn’t love you back, or things just aren’t going your way at work, sometimes the easiest solution is to get as far away as possible until the feeling fades. Getting away gives you the chance to free your mind and do the things you want to do. but as much as we’d like to drop everything and walk out the door, it’s easier to dream about than to do. Maybe that’s what makes us turn to the heavens for relief— we all just want a chance to fly and be free.
1. You have decided to try skydiving and are getting ready to make your first jump. You watch the other skydivers free-falling through the air as you stand on the ground waiting your turn. What is going through your mind?
2. Your turn arrives, and you ready yourself as the plane climbs to ten thousand feet. Without looking back, you stand at the open doorway and step out into space. What do you scream on the way down?
3. You’ve landed safely and are hauling in your chute when you see an instructor approaching you and calling out to you. What is the instructor saying?
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The Doctor Will See You Now (Kokology #47)
A hospital means different things to different people. Those coming in to have some undiagnosed malady examined for the first time may look on the place with a sense of anxiety and dread. But for those walking out the door after recovering from a long illness or delivering a beautiful, healthy baby, the hospital takes on associations of happiness and relief. The hospital is a world in itself, where life and death, sadness and joy, cross paths and intermingle on a daily basis. And for the people within, every day is another chance to heal not just the body, but the mind as well.
Perhaps you have been to the hospital before, or perhaps this is your first visit. Either way prepare yourself, because the doctor will see you now.
1. You’re in the lobby of a medical clinic, waiting for your name to be called. A small boy is racing around the waiting area unattended, and you warn him to be careful and slow down. How does he react?
2. The door to the examination room is open just a crack, and you catch a glimpse of a gray and unhealthy-looking person being examined by the doctor. The patient is a person you know. Who is it?
3. The doctor’s aide comes out and calls your name. Strangely, the aide bears a very strong resemblance to someone you know. Whom does the aide look like?
4. After your examination, the doctor calls you into his office, but when you enter he remains seated with his back turned to you, muttering to himself as he goes over your chart. He shows no signs of explaining things to you. What do you do?
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On Second Thought (Kokology #46)
It’s not easy to make up a story, it’s a chore to make up the bed in the guestroom, and it takes patience and forgiveness to make up after a fight, but sometimes the hardest thing to make up is your mind. Get ready to be decisive, because in this next scenario we’re going to ask you to do just that.
You’re seated in a quiet diner. You flip open the menu and are pondering your selection when the waitress arrives and asks if you’re ready to order. Without thinking, you order a sandwich and a cup of coffee. But after she leaves, it comes to you— you’re in the mood for hot chocolate, not coffee! What do you do next?
1. Keep looking through the menu and thinking about how good some hot cocoa would taste.
2. Look around to see if the waitress is going to come back.
3. Get up and find the waitress so you can change your order.
4. Give up and just wait for the coffee.
Just Can’t Wait (Kokology #45)
Starting to work at a new job is always stressful; the unfamiliar people and environment, the million new things to be learned, the feeling of wanting to do a good job, and of course the inevitable goofs. We learn by making mistakes, then trying not to repeat them.
A friend of yours has just taken a job waiting tables at a restaurant. One day you decide to visit and see how the new jobs going but when you step inside you see your friend has gotten into some kind of trouble with one of the customers. What did your friend do wrong? (Choose one item from the menu below)
1. Didn’t come to the table even after being called.
2. Made a mistake taking the order and brought the wrong food.
3. Spilled something on the customer’s clothes.
4. Started to clear the table before the customer had finished eating.
Driving Machine (Kokology #44)
Remember practicing for your driver’s license and all the little things you had to learn? U-turns, parallel parking, hand signals, and car lengths… Sure, they’re all important, but that isn’t what driving is really all about. Driving is about the way you felt after passing those tests and taking to the road all by yourself for the very first time. It’s about being able to go where you want, when you want. It’s about power, freedom, and speed. And the car you drive is an expression of the way you view the whole driving experience. It tells the world something about who you are and what you want out of life.
Take a moment to picture your dream car, without giving any thought to expense or other practical considerations. What kind of car do you envision yourself in?
1. A high-performance vehicle with all the options.
2. A marvel of design with a sleek and beautiful chassis.
3. A status-symbol ride with a price tag to match.
4. Anything will do as long as it runs.
Busted! (Kokology #43)
They say that police develop a sixth sense about criminal mind. And each of us has a little bit of that criminal mind inside, which is why the police can never afford to be off duty. Murder, robber, fraud— they’re even more common than the newspaper make it seem. Not a minute goes by without a crime being committed or planned. If you were a cop, how do you think you’d handle the pressures of the beat?
You’re in hot pursuit of a suspect fleeing a crime scene. After a long chase, you finally manage to run him down and make the arrest. You’re standing over him with your pistol in his face. Busted! What does the suspect say to you as he stares down the barrel of your gun?