365 Challenge: Day 277 – Box

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Box: (a) container with a flat base and sides, typically square or rectangular and having a lid, or (b) walls you sometimes put around an idea but might not need to


“Don’t think outside the box. Think like there is no box”

Ziad K. Abdelnour

I’m one of those unusual people who has an ability to look at things from a lot of different angles. My natural reaction is to want to know the parameters before I begin thinking about a situation that requires a decision. I like lines, therefore I like boxes. You always know how to stay within the rules when you have that box, right? At the same time, I also know rules are meant to be broken, especially when there are alternative ways of achieving a goal that will not actually break the box. So I am definitely the kind of guy who thinks outside the box to find a true solution. Then I see this quote today when I’m searching for a box on the Internet. BAM! The box was a final gift I needed, but I ended up going with something else… nonetheless, this inspirational message just pushed my limits: what if there are no boxes? Are you really ever coloring inside or outside the lines of a box? How do you know where said lines are without the box? I’m not sure I can handle that much pressure…

But seriously… the point of today’s 365 Daily Challenge word is that he’s right… there aren’t always boxes in life, and sometimes you need to invent your own rules when there are none. And one of those rules might be: There are no rules (no boxes) in this situation — just do the right thing and worry less about the path to get there.

The other reason today’s word is ‘box’  has nothing to do with the quote. Since I’m currently surrounded by boxes of all shapes and sizes on the floor — I need to wrap all these Christmas presents — I thought it was an appropriate segue word for today. Apparently, there’s always a box to put around something and yet there’s never the right box when you really need it. I do not like wrapping presents in case you are wondering. I’m mixing metaphors, but really, I’m not…. just throwing out some concepts without any walls/lines/boxes to let you figure out whatever you’d like from today’s post!

Happy [Un]Wrapping!


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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28 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 277 – Box

    Roda said:
    December 14, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Wrapping party! I have cookies!!

    Liked by 1 person

    theloyalbritwit said:
    December 14, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    I love that quote! And my head doesn’t know what to do, but like you Jay, I have a knack for looking at things through a few different lenses. Cheers!

    Liked by 1 person

    Sherron0 said:
    December 14, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Some don’t even realize there is a box. This can be a blessing, or a curse.

    Liked by 3 people

    tahenryauthoress said:
    December 14, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    This year I went LAZY. All my gifts are in bags. LOL

    Liked by 1 person

    dtills said:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    I hit the child jackpot in that my daughter loves to wrap gifts. She came over yesterday and wrapped anything I handed to her 🙂 I would be willing to loan her out for a fee, of course 🙂 Oh, what a bad mom I am! Trying to profit off my kid!!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 14, 2017 at 11:51 AM

      you have to do what you have to do… if she’s a good wrapper, and she’s getting paid, it’s all good!

      Liked by 1 person

        dtills said:
        December 14, 2017 at 11:57 AM

        I can use the supplemental income 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    isha21chaudhari said:
    December 14, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    That’s quite interesting!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Mischenko said:
    December 14, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Wrapping presents! I cannot wait! ❤ Have fun. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    December 14, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Love this word choice! It’s kind of the one perk of being an over thinker, right? Being able to look at all angles 🙂 I have a feeling you’re a stay up late (while trying to sleep) just thinking about anything and everything… like me!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Atwood Cutting said:
    December 14, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Say what?

    Liked by 1 person

    moorezart said:
    December 15, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

    Liked by 1 person

    scr4pl80 said:
    December 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Love this concept. I like to think I can think out of the box but I know sometimes I am pretty square. Must be that Italian Catholic upbringing. Since CREATE is my word of the year for next year, I’m hoping I can come up with some new outlines. I love wrapping presents and try to disguise the contents as much as I can. Happy wrapping!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 16, 2017 at 2:25 PM

      I’m with you on the Catholic upbringing. Hmm… I should come visit so you can wrap. I’ll cook dinner in return!

      Liked by 1 person

        scr4pl80 said:
        December 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM

        I’ve read about your dinners. Deal!

        Liked by 1 person

    mainepaperpusher said:
    December 16, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    This amused me because in my previous corporate life I was always told I was good at thinking outside the box. My response was always “what box?”

    Liked by 1 person

    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    December 17, 2017 at 11:21 PM

    Awesome quote and love the double-sense to the whole box concept! People should definitely think like there’s no box and be as creative as possible, and then if there’s a box, to see if they thought outside it and self-evaluate! Would be a pretty cool exercise. 😀

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 18, 2017 at 7:29 AM

      Especially to learn how you think and alternative ways for the future. Good suggestion.

      Liked by 1 person

    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    December 19, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    I love the idea of things being compartmentalized. So boxes are a thing for me!

    Liked by 1 person

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