Approaching any subject is immediately a challenge because there are infinite options for which point-of-view to choose. (This is particularly a problem for Sagittarians like me because too many options can be paralyzing.) Nevertheless, I challenge myself to find unfamiliarity. This is often where the surprises dwell.
It also dawned on me, late of course, that this is really what life is about. Straighforward may very well be the best course, but if it isn't working, the first thing to ask is: "Is there another way?" As a daily crossword puzzler, I have definitely noticed that part of the brain becomes more responsive throughout the day whenever there is a roadblock. It has become instinctive to find alternatives.
The point is to open the heart and consider every angle.