I was thinking yesterday of the old chestnut, "Do not be afraid to fail." Sometimes these things retain their merit even though we hear them so often that the cease to have meaning. Yes, yes, right, strive hard, work, try new things and don't be afraid to fail. Got it.
We should really look at those words as often as we have the time. Translated, they also mean, don't play it safe. Don't do the same things that were done before. We have too much a tendency to repeat our efforts based on "what works," as though what has worked in the past automatically exempts us from any responsibility to find what might work better. Or differently. Or with profound, unexpected results.
Gaming is like that. If our campaigns are built too solidly upon what has always worked in the past, they bind us in a straightjacket. We are limited. Our games grow into participations in tradition and dogma, making the 'transformative experience' of gaming into the square-peg into round-hole problem.
Just a daily thought for the reader to ponder upon.