“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A Beauty Bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. . . . And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.” ~ Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten …
I love the creativity involved in Robert’s thought process here: “a Crayola bomb.” I can just imagine, right in the midst of a battlefield, exploding crayons and paint harmlessly all over everyone. I am sure it would definitely cause some confusion. Of course, Robert is not insinuating that we actually do this, rather, that we not always jump to such violent measures and extremes to deal with the crises in our lives. And why shouldn’t we try to reason with our enemies and sort out our differences? In all honesty, we do not have to defeat them, and hurting or killing them is generally unnecessary and should only be used as a last resort to save lives.
Most of the time, the crises that develop in our lives are a result of differing opinions and perspectives, and rarely do they actually pose an actual danger to us, or those around us. It is therefore best that we deal with them in a more positive and creative manner. As a matter of fact, when we engage our minds creatively, our hatred, anger, and negativity begins to dissipate. When I am consumed in activity–such as programming, writing, and jogging–I really have no time to let my mind stray into those thoughts.
Today, be like those servers at a restaurant that hand crayons and coloring books to children to keep them content and busy. Bring the joy and fulfillment of creativity into your circles of influence. Fill the minds of the world with imaginative thoughts. Splash color into the lives of those around you–especially into those interactions that seem negative and harsh.
Help others to engage their creativity and imagination.
Questions to consider:
Why do adults tend to feel that Crayons are just for children?
How does creative and imaginative activity make you feel?
Why do some people worry what others think of their creations? Are such thoughts productive or destructive? Does it truly matter what others think?
For further thought:
“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.” ~ Abraham Lincoln