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Embracing our limitations and narrowing our focus is often exactly what’s needed to free our minds.

“The possibilities are endless.” It’s a mantra we repeat to reassure, inspire, empower. It makes us feel like the world is an all-you-can-eat buffet and offers us the thrill we felt as kids of spinning a globe and promising to visit whatever fabled land our fingers landed upon.

But sometimes “endless possibilities” means an empty Word document with the cursor blinking like an impatiently tapping foot. It means a group brainstorm with open-ended questions that render participants silent and fretful. It means anxiety induced from too much variety in the breakfast cereal aisle or too many tabs open in your internet browser.

  • Words:
    Annu Subramanian
  • Illustration:
    Katrin Coetzer

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  • Words:
    Annu Subramanian
  • Illustration:
    Katrin Coetzer
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