“The world is but a canvas to the imagination. ~ Henry David Thoreau
This weekend was a particularly trying time with my children. We were away from home, and not in our normal setting. And, this led to some behavior issues with all three of them. In the process, I ended up taking away any privilege they had to watching television, or playing video games. This became a powerful lesson – for me. Not on how to punish a child. Or what works to correct behavior.
This became a lesson in how to stimulate creativity. Without television, computers, or video games, I watched as my children found new and creative ways to have fun.
My youngest son got out an old skateboard we have – something that hasn’t been used in at least a year. And then, he decided to build a ramp for it – all by himself. In the end I helped him make it sturdy and safe. But his original prototype ramp was still a great example of creative thinking.
My daughter called a friend she hasn’t had over in probably a year. They had a blast playing together all afternoon. And in the process, strengthened a friendship that had begun to wane.
My oldest son played a game with me, and then another with his sister. When I played with him, we laughed, and even learned a few things from a game that we’d had in our drawer but never played.
This all happened because they changed their routine. And, by changing their routine, new and creative ideas came to them all. Their creativity had been stimulated. In this case, we removed something from their environment that was passive (television), and they replaced it with something engaging the use of their brain. And they found creative ways to have fun! All this took was a change in their normal routine.
So, how do you stimulate creativity in your life? Try changing a routine that you do, and see what kind of creativity this sparks. Look at all the things you do over the course of a day. How many of them are routine? Routine, in that you always do something the same way. Identify these, and then commit to changing one of these routine things you do. And see what kind of creativity this sparks!
We are all creative, but sometimes our creativity gets buried in the routines of our life. Marelisa, over at Abundance Blog, has written an article on 30 Ways to Increase Your Creativity. What I have here is one way. She gives you 30 ways to get that creative spark we all have lit again. Check it out, and see the many things we can do to get creativity flowing in our life. It’s an excellent list, and one we can all learn something from.
Using our minds in creative ways, what we imagine can become a powerful way of reinforcing what a life worth living is all about. Go out and be creative today! Surprise yourself with what is possible!