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Once Upon a Time in a Land Not So Far Away…

on May 16, 2013
Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1951, Fitzwilli...

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1951, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…there lived a creative. Life had potential. Everything was explored and investigated to the extent the mind could conjure. Colors could be heard and tasted. Sound was seen and  felt. Nothing was simple. Life was complex in a pleasurable way. Nothing was as it seemed, it was only limited by the constraints of the mind. With limitless possibilities the days were filled with nonstop wonders. “No” did not exist. Lessons were learned by doing. If something did not manifest in a positive it was not perceived as a negative but a detour to explore another option.

One day another happened upon the creative. “You cannot do it this way,” the creative was told.

“Why not?” Replied the creative.

“It is not possible, take my word,” the other said.

So the creative took the other’s word and stopped doing. When other challenges and wonders came the other repeated the statement and the creative stopped. Soon the creative grew tired and wished to no longer explore because the voice of the other would say it couldn’t be done. The creative withered away in a small empty room because there were no possible ways the voice could counter.

How many times have you been the creative? How many times have you been the voice of another?

There is a happy alternative ending to this story.

“You cannot do it this way, ” the creative was told.

“Why not? Replied the creative.

“It is not possible, take my word,” the other said.

“That’s okay, I think I will challenge your thinking because I am certain it can. If not then I will find another way,” the creative said with confidence and a smile.

Let’s encourage our children to forge on to discovery and imagination. Let’s encourage adults to push past the limits engrained their minds from the past to take risks without guilt or fear. Let’s be a world of creatives once again.

The End… well, of course not, creativity never ends it is always a beginning.

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