A little creativity can turn yesterday’s bad breaks into today’s good ideas.

December 13, 2016 - 3:15 pm

How do you celebrate the holiday season at the conclusion of a year that included not one, not two, not three, but four trips to emergency rooms?

Well, if you’re my friend Cindy Simmons, you take those family mishaps — including a busted nose, broken foot and collapsed lung — and you turn ’em into a Christmas card.

A radio personality turned professional blogger, Cindy is known for clever cards (last Christmas, her family was decked out in Star Wars regalia). And when it came time to create the 2016 card, she took a look back at her family’s health record for the year and made the most of her material.

Rounding up medical equipment and apparel, Cindy posed her gang in front of an ambulance, then formatted the card as a doctor’s prescription — with wishes for a healthy 2017.

Cindy’s creation is a reminder that even the worst of days can become fodder for the best of ideas.

Lots of life-changing products came about because of calamity — Post-It notes, ink-jet printers and pacemakers, to name a few.

So the next time you experience difficulty — be it at work or home — keep the faith. That wrong turn, dumb mistake or miserable experience might become the seed for your next creative project.

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