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January 24, 2013 / Dale Melchin

Creativity, Blake Sheldon, Ol’ Red and the Warden

Creative is something that stems from the right side of the brain, as a result, one has to be relaxed and at a minimum not super high strung.  This song that I am showing you by Blake Sheldon shows a great deal of creativity by the character in the story

Now you may wonder why I include a story about an imprisoned marital avenger, a tracking dog and a glorious escape.

Here is why.

Aside from death, or an eternity in hell, most us would think prison to be the worst possible fate, and as a result, those of use who are productive avoid such a fate gloriously.  But there is a lesson to be learned from this song, that I think most of haven’t seen until today.

Creativity is king.  And I will show you 7 ways from this video.

1. The Prisoner Created his own fate.

I’m sure that if any of use caught our partner with another we would be driven to near madness.  If we weren’t, it would mean we were either supremely enlightened, or we had a low view of ourselves and our relationship to begin with, but I digress.  Nevertheless, the prisoner in Sheldon’s story created his own destiny by destroying his wife and her illicit partner.  Ninety-nine years is the life sentence short of the death penalty in the State of Georgia.  If the Prisoner in this story had not regarded himself more worthy than that long of prison sentence we wouldn’t have a song to enjoy.  If this were a true story we would all agree that he created his own fate by his reaction to them.

2. The Prisoner for a time cooperated.

He accepted his fate.  If you notice his reaction when he meet his prison mate you see that while he accepts his fate, he’s not happy with the person he’ll be spending a large amount of time with.  If watch the video he made it a point not to run afoul of the guards… or the warden.

3. The Prisoner was strategic in his relationships.

The Prisoner behaved, worked hard and eventually gained the trust of the warden.  You see this in the video when the warden calls the prisoner off of the work team and to his office.  He also played a relatively long game.  Two years was the time he was in the lock up.  He obviously used the power of incremental change to gain the warden’s favor.

4. The Prisoner realized he faced a nearly insurmountable obstacle.

Ol’ Red was the ultimate weapon in preventing escapes.  You see this in the funeral scene with the priest.  He had quite  a few confirmed kills.  Or at least, he had facilitated few of those kills.  Needless to say… no one escaped from this prison… successfully.

5.  The Prisoner, as a result of that strategic relationship was met with opportunity.

As a result of being put in charge of Ol’ Red, the Prisoner became a lynchpin in that particular prison’s system.

6. The Prisoner responded to opportunity with creativity.

At a minimum, although Ol’ Red was a loyal dog, the Prisoner knew he could saw Ol’ Red if he had the right assets in place.  The Prisoner played upon Ol’ Red’s instinct to have a little fun, and I don’t mean chasing escapees.  He got his cousin and a guard involved and the cousin brought down a female blue tick hound.  Just for Ol’ Red.  He then conditioned Red to like the female.  And then.. after 3 or 4 days.

7. The Prisoner Acted.

He hazarded all.  It was do or die.  All he had to rely upon was his creativity.  He made his run with the evening sun.  And his creativity was a success.  The dog ran for his girlfriend, and the Prisoner escaped.

I’m not an advocate of escaping from prisons.  What I am advocate of is using creativity to escaping negative situations.


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