The familiar as a default

I’m looking at running a Dungeons and Dragons game online, which means co-ordinating a few things to create a good remote experience. There are a few options for doing real-time chat and preferences are coming up in the group – so far, the preference is for what’s familiar.

In choosing how to do something, it’s common to fall back on tried and tested methods. It might be entirely the right thing to do, but it’s worth remembering that better options may have come along since the initial choice was made. The parameters may be different enough that another choice is better, though similar enough that this isn’t obvious.

It’s also true that investigating options may not be the best way of spending time and effort, if the tried and tested is good enough. As with many things in life, there’s a sweet spot. A delicate balance of curiosity and pragmatism.

I try to tip the scales toward curious.

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(Photo by Gary Butterfield on Unsplash)

One thought on “The familiar as a default

  1. Non-judgemental curiosity is a tricky thing, most of us are more tempted to fall back to our historical experiences and base our decisions on these, despite knowing that the outcome may not be ideal. To be curious, pause, observe, review, switch perspective, check in with oneself and check it out with another these are all things that are more simpler said than done. Practice, practice and more practice 😊👌

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