Are you an imaginative person? Do you think creatively? When people talk about thinking “outside of the box” do you ask them what box?
Remember when we were children and a stick became a magic sword that helped fight fierce enemies and an empty cardboard box was turned into an impenetrable castle?
Where did such thinking go as we aged? What happened to our imaginations? Simply watching children play or color or draw or see wonderful shapes in overhead clouds
will open our eyes to the vast universe of their young minds and open our minds to possibilities that, at first blush, might not have been obvious.
We often can not see a solution to our problems because our thinking is too stagnant.
Let’s test your insight for a moment. I caution that this example will sound really, really stupid at first. Heck, it’ll sound really stupid afterwards, too, but it will get your mental juices flowing.
Imagine being in a room with solid walls, floor and ceiling. There are no doors or windows only a mirror and a table. How do you get out?
The answer? Look in the mirror to see what you saw then take the saw and cut the table in half. We all know that two halves equal a whole, so you then crawl out of the hole.
Boo hiss. I warned you.
But doesn’t it get the creative mind working? Yes, it stretches the imagination to figure a way out, but, you know what? A truly imaginative thinker would have asked, “How did you get in there in the first place?”
Won’t you stretch the boundaries of your thinking today and let your imagination run wild, like it did when we were kids playing mighty pirates, slaying dinosaurs and traveling to new faraway worlds in our minds?
Let’s not become stodgy, set-in-our-ways grownups.