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Kicking in Creative Thought: The Avocado Table

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The activity below has evolved into a contest of sorts.. If more than 10 people post their answers to the questions below, a draw for workbooks or a workshop will be held! (your choice of which prize) 


Now Go. Play. Visualize winning the Draw.  (Hey!  If you all do that… hmmm…  does that mean you are all going to win? Will I have some shift in thoughts and think, “oh heck, I’ll draw all their names!” )


What is an Avocado Table?  No, no, this isn’t a question to plug into Google.  There is no right answer.  There are no rules.  (Isn’t THAT freeing?)  You simply get to think about what an Avocado Table could be.  Imagine that you could win $10 000 for a very creative answer.  What would you come up with?  Would you write about it, talk about it, sketch it?  What would it’s purpose be? Where is it available? Who has access to it?  Are all of the components of an avocado involved?  Does the ‘table’ have to be something normally considered a table?


Next question:  If the human body from the waist down faced backwards, what would a chair look like?  Go ahead, grab a pencil and start sketching.  Is your first thought, “Wait, I need more information or I can’t do this!”   If you want details bout this new human form and how it functions, make it up.  Then sketch the chair. Consider how we would get into this chair. How would we rest our back?  Where would our arms go?


This is a PAUSE while you do these exercises.


Done? How does it feel to access your creative thinking?  Fun? Frustrating? Did your self-talk say “Yay!” or  did it say “I’m not creative”?  Did a part of you think “I’m free!” or did a part think, “Where’s the rules?”  Or was your response something in between or something completely different altogether?


 How you respond to this exercise may reveal how you respond to many choices or options in life.   Simply by doing these exercises and asking yourself the questions above, you allow awareness into your life and you will have insights into… well, those insights will be as unique as the unique individual you are!

Possible thoughts you may have during the day are:  “I loved that. How do I get to do that more?”  “Hmm, apparently I really like rules.  What are my rules in life?”   “Is my thinking preventing me from going forward towards my dreams?”  “How can I apply this creative thought to an issue I’m currently having? ”  “OH.. if I just imagine taking away some of the rules of the project I am working on, maybe I can see a better way.”  Or maybe you simply thought, “Why would I do this?  There’s no money in it.”  That’s worth thinking more about, too!


submitted by Janet L. Whitehead  ©2008


Ever wonder if there’s more to Life?  Is it time to kick it up a notch? Contact me if you want to learn more about how coaching can help.

Janet Whitehead is a certified professional life and business coach who specializes in life coaching creatively.  Her expertise includes using creative coaching techniques that help others access their most empowering ways to move forward quickly and successfully, authentically and soulfully.  She coaches both internationally and locally, facilitates creative workshops, and is the author of a variety of work (play!) books.  She is currently completing her first novel, and working on a solo show in Clay.



About Janet

Artist/writer with a tall ship and mystical twist, Certified Professional Life Coach (ICA), Master Creativity Coach (KMCC), Curator/owner of Writerly Kits, workshop leader and creativity group facilitator trainer. Outdoor enthusiast and Tall Ship sailor. Been through breast cancer and found her own tools of play, lightness, creativity, nature, thinking differently and visualization assisted healing through and after treatments. Ever ever so grateful for all the wondrous people she is surrounded by.

7 responses »

  1. In response to the request for ‘Avocado Table’ is mine!

    The Avocado table would be purchased with the skin still on it.
    Once home, instructions would be to peel the skin to reveal the pleasing green (fresh) stain on the wood.
    Then, the new owner would need to gently rub the surface to work the Avocado oil into the wood.
    Once complete, the table would be ready for use in any daily activity!

  2. Love it, Sherry! This totally made me smile! (Okay, who’s next?)

  3. Take a piece of wood from avacado tree maybe three feet in length shape into avacado fruit, slice in half length wise, make hole in both halfs, walla..avacado salad table for two.

  4. Truly a fine way to honour thy avocado! Thanks, Susanne!

  5. Hi Janet
    My avacado table is large and it is a ‘table’ to hit and make wonderous green thuds like the heartbeat of the earth. It is a drum- a large green drum made out of half of the largest avacado you have ever seen. An amazing drum with three exuberant people dancing around it with their hands creating a joyful beat.

  6. From Kathleen

    I am The Avocado Table and my purpose is to be available to all in the “business”.
    I am available in cyperspace.
    Everyone who has been given the ability to find me has the appropriate access.
    It took those responsible for my creation a very long time to come up with this idea and so far it has proven to be successful.
    My components are:
    – secretive
    – ingenious
    – compatible to most in that I am available in many languages
    – I have the ingredients that make it possible for me to decipher the most complex requestS

    What am I?

    I am a Code Name – THE AVOCADO TABLE

    People in the business of spying are always looking for new code names to access information. The name must have nothing to do with its perceived function, so that anyone hearing avocado table might possibly think “Aha, of course an avocado table would be a green piece of furniture for the living room”, Or perhaps “a graph or list of figures that is being put aside or placed on the backburner for further consideration”, Or could it be “a list (deferred for later perusal) of various suppliers of avocado fruit?”

    When a freshly minted Spy is entering the actual workplace for the first time this very secret name is given as a means of entering cyberspace for a world of secret information.
    As all the links are followed correctly the new Agent will soon find the answers or suggestions regarding many questions. The intricacies of this new world will be explained, suggestions supplied and instructions detailed for the road ahead.

    That is the story of the code name called THE AVOCADO TABLE

    Kathleen, October 3, 2008

  7. Contributed by Marilyn Puff:

    Version 2

    In every person’s back pocket,
    an invaluable avocado table of events and times
    that highlights when creative juices are flowing,
    when rivers are beckoning hearts
    to abandon all convention
    stripped of all restrictive clothing,
    the innocent call of restorative, rejuvenating
    captures the body, mind and heart
    of unsuspecting staid people
    who then find themselves
    in an avocado green light
    of magical early mornings
    wistful warm evenings,
    plunging into laugh inducing situations
    of river water,
    tickling their here to fore unexposed delicate senses,
    sensually delighted curves and appendages ,

    written by
    To be continued…

    Contributed by Marilyn Puff in the process of discovering her brilliance.

    Thank you! from Janet


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