Lessons heard (or how to get your kite out of a tree)

A good friend of mine generously gave me a handful of his favorite children’s books, among them one titled “Stuck” by Oliver Jeffers. At first read, “Stuck” is a beautifully illustrated, silly tale about the absurd and nonsensical approach little Floyd takes to get his kite out of a tree. A few hundred reads later at the request of my son, I couldn’t help but uncover

deeper messages about getting unstuck (blame it on my English degree).

• You don’t have to go at it alone.

• Focus on the solution — it might help you forget what problem you were trying to solve in the first place.

• Maybe the completely absurd, nonsensical approach is exactly the one you should take.

• Oh, and don’t forget about the people who helped you along the way.

Thanks, Floyd.

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