It’s a phrase that, since the mid-2000s – when I was working on the design of the Edinburgh tram network, has been current in business contexts. That is in itself enough for me to despise it ; but what I really object to about the phrase Blue Sky Thinking is the assertion that a sky of unbroken blue sets the mind free to think laterally, to contemplate the unthinkable, to realize that which hitherto has never broken free of the sub-conscious.
For me, a sky of unbroken blue is as unlikely to inspire me any more than would an empty bank account. But give me a grassy bank to lie on – in early spring, an enlivening breeze, and a sky of … well, a sky like this! Thought is stilled, and as I let go of all life’s many problems, difficulties and conundrums, they are swept away and replaced by a tide of hope and joy!
What about you?