By Jacki McLenaghan
I was volunteering in my son’s kindergarten class years ago and I was asked to show the kids how to assemble a reindeer from some construction paper, goggly eyes and pom pom balls. The teacher gave me the materials and asked me to create a sample for the kids.
I did it wrong…well in her eyes anyway!
She told me that I had put the pom pom in the wrong place and that I had to change it. Feeling a little miffed, “Why couldn’t I be different and put my pom pom wherever I wanted to?” That’s a question I’m sure we all ask ourselves at some point in our lives 😉
Anyway, I made the “necessary” changes and proceeded to help the children. Most would come up and get it done in a matter of seconds…kids are a lot smarter than some kindergarten teachers may give them credit for. The teacher seemed pleased. They were doing it exactly the same as the corrected demo piece.
A young boy came up, grabbed the supplies and proceeded to put his pom pom in the wrong spot…EXACTLY WHERE I HAD ORIGINALLY! Much to the displeasure of the teacher, I yelped in delight. “Yes that looks so great…I love that it is different!”
I don’ think that this boy received a lot of kudos for his outside of the box thinking. At first he looked at me like “Are you messing with me lady?” But then he saw my seriousness and decided that I was being legit. A big smile beamed across his face and he began to celebrate his unique success with me.
Coloring outside of the lines, being different, being creative are very important to our soul. But it can be very scary. Our biology wants us to fit in and not rock the boat because if we do, we may be BANISHED!
And banishment used to mean DEATH!
Good news, no one is going to banish you to death for being different today.
I would like to extend a challenge to you to think outside of the box today!
Sometimes just thinking about paradoxical or even nonsensical questions and trying to put some logic around them, can cause our creativity to skyrocket.
Take about 30 minutes today and write down your most unique and creative answers to the following questions:
1. If you could make a 2 min speech to the entire world, what would you say?
2. Describe the color yellow
3. Write down the last time you had a really good belly laugh
4. What is the most interesting thing about you?
5. What are 5 items you would bring with you to a deserted island and why?
6. Why are tennis balls fuzzy?
7. What could you make out of jellybeans, some string, and a bell?
8. What stands between you and complete happiness.