Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 68 comments

Abstract Crayons
Creative Commons License photo credit: Darrren Hester

"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. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with their imagination." ~ Robert Fulghum

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Lynn January 31, 2010 at 2:39 am

A brilliant photo and brilliant idea from Robert Fulghum. I imagined the Crayola explosion in my head and it made me smile at the thought of crayon recipients coloring the world.
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Errant, covet and annual visit =-.

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Linda Abbit January 31, 2010 at 2:47 am

Beautiful images via the photo and the words!

This also makes me think of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs — the book. Haven’t seen the movie . . . yet.

Have a wonderful week, Lance! Thank you & good night from CA!
.-= Linda Abbit´s Last Fabulous Post ..Inspiring Quotes for Caregivers — 1/27/10: On Regrets =-.

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Suzie Cheel January 31, 2010 at 3:30 am

I love the image. so drawn to color and Robert Fulghum quote is awesome. A Crayola Bomb- what an idea- can just see colours of happmess exploding into the lifes of “grey” people- what a joy.
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Inspirational SABS #17 =-.

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} January 31, 2010 at 3:50 am

Hey Lance,
My colorful friend….all i can say after reading that thought for sunday..is my head and the images its creating right now include loads and loads of umber magenta and pink and lime…and oh the colors we can fill our lives with is so so wonderful.
The happiness weapon is my kind of weapon….full of love and creativity and imagination….what an awesome world we would be able to create if we could with a weapon of this sort.
You know, I think a SMILE is like a small happiness weapon too..and its built in…available and ready to go at all times…hmmm…..Yay I have my own happiness weapon..which can fill the world with its contagious infectious happiness, love and ohh so awesome colors….:)
Everyone is welcome to share…;)
Much Love,
Z~
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..Nature Made Us Individuals =-.

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vikum January 31, 2010 at 3:51 am

Hi Lance,
what a nice idea? Yeah. We should develop a weapon like that. So that we can explode it in the air and fill up the souls with happiness. Souls who’ve lost their closest ones maybe due to war or some other reason, souls who’ve never got a chance to experience love, souls who think that they are alone; we can fill their hearts with joy and fill our own hearts with happiness arise from spreading the joy around.
Have a nice day !
.-= vikum´s Last Fabulous Post ..Developing the achievement muscle =-.

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Trish @IamSucceeding January 31, 2010 at 4:17 am

A smile indeed came upon my face!! That truly is an amazing photo..beautiful!
.-= Trish @IamSucceeding´s Last Fabulous Post ..Dear Body… =-.

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Laura Hegfield January 31, 2010 at 5:56 am

I love this quote…this concept. How different the world would be if these were the only bombs in the world. I’m suddenly remembering a favorite book from childhood…Harold and the Purple Crayon…Harold created a world with that crayon.
.-= Laura Hegfield´s Last Fabulous Post ..Remembering Rachael =-.

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Lance January 31, 2010 at 6:19 am

@Lynn – The color in that photo really is so vivid, and it just really says “make the world bright and colorful”!! It’s a pretty great image, the world filled with more color and imagination…

@Linda – The photo really shines brilliantly! I haven’t read “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”…I have watched the movie, though. So cool that you brought this up, and that’s about food falling from the sky, and how it changes people. A good point along those lines – too much of a good thing, can become bad. Even with these colors…it’s about making our world a brighter place, but not at the expense of people… Anyway, Linda – love the comparison to this book/movie! Have a great night!

@Suzie – And this color is sooo bright and vivid! And just think, the color and brightnesss this could add to our world and the people in it! Beautiful!!!

@Zeenat – Hi Zeenat! Those are some great (and colorful!!) images in your head! “Happiness weapon”…sounds like a pretty great weapon to combat our worlds ills, doesn’t it. A SMILE definitely is a happiness weapon, and that brings brightness and color to other’s lives too. I see your happiness weapon right now, right here in your picture…and I’m taking that weapon too…out into the world!

@Vikum – Hi Vikum. Just think, if there were crayons falling from the sky, I know it would bring tons and tons of smiles to the world! And then we could all create amazing and colorful images…images of a world filled with joy!

@Trish – Hey Trish! I know!! It’s hard to read this and NOT smile. And the photo…I agree, so filled with color and life!

@Laura Hegfield – Right! Just think about the conflicts in our world, and if instead of combating that with weapons of destruction, we used weapons of happiness and shiny-ness! And your book from childhood…sounds like Harold was well on his way of doing this!!

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Evelyn Lim January 31, 2010 at 7:28 am

Wow….this is a lovely saying! Now, I want that box of crayolas!
.-= Evelyn Lim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Attitude of Gratitude versus Appreciation =-.

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Mindful Mimi January 31, 2010 at 7:31 am

Lance,
I love Crayola’s. There is a restaurant here where you can get the best carpaccio and they have brown packing paper on their tables and a little box of crayolas. By the time I leave I have created a piece of art that will be trashed 🙂
I love the idea of happiness bombs. It would make the world indeed better, brighter and more colorful.
Thanks for bombing my day with color.
M
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday laugh =-.

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Evita January 31, 2010 at 8:02 am

Good morning Lance and wow what an image to begin the day with! I loved the vibrant colors and patterns that flow right into each other. It reminds me a little too of the human chakras and auras.

Anyhow what a great thought! Imagine that that is exactly what we would do when a crisis developed. Reacted with love and happiness, instead of destruction and pain….Just imagine….
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Book Review: The Harvard Psychedelic Club =-.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord January 31, 2010 at 8:47 am

Lance, first things first: AMAZING photo. WOW! I want to print & frame it, it’s made me so happy!

Next up is the quote, itself. As soon as the author mentioned the “big box,” I was sold. As a kid I coveted those extra colors, and the sharpener… I do not believe I ever owned a big box, though. My friends, did, and the kids I wanted to sit next to in first and second grade did. Not me… But that’s okay, because it taught me how to make the most out of sharing someone else’s good fortune.

I love the idea of this, and Lance, I love you for sharing it today. ESPECIALLY today (it’s gray out and imagining a sky full of colorful brightness makes my heart happy).

Thank you!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Love, the Eternal Law =-.

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Jannie Funster January 31, 2010 at 9:09 am

I vote for the box of 128!! Kelly has that one.

Whoo- hoo!!

And my, Dear Lynn was either up very early or stayed up late to be first commenter!! I used to try to stay up to be first here Sunday morning but old Man Sleep kept pulling me under.

Maybe next Sunday!

xo
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Queen Of Remodeling Patience, Chapter 1 — “Front Room” View-A =-.

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Tess The Bold Life January 31, 2010 at 9:29 am

I like what Zeenat says, full of creativity, imagination and love…this also reminds me of two pieces of wax paper with the crayon pieces between them and then taking an iron and melting them into something even more beautiful. Maybe we could all be melted into something more beautiful as well.

I think it’s easy to imagine the world being more peaceful and beautiful with bombs of crayons and colrs. We tend to forget it isn’t going to happen until our families, friends and inner circles are peaceful. Thanks for the reminder, Lance. Great photo and great quote. You out do yourself every week.

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Caroline January 31, 2010 at 9:55 am

Wouldn’t that be nice. A way for everyone to create and come together through play. I think a lot of our problems today stem from the fact that, as adults, so many of us have forgotten how to play. And when life becomes all work and no play…well…you know what Jack says: “All work and no play makes Jack an dull boy.” And then all hell breaks loose…lol.

On that note…I think I will go grab some crayons…
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..Don’t chase the stick!!! =-.

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Chad January 31, 2010 at 10:49 am

I just found your blog – it’s fantastic! I really look forward to keeping up with it. Always nice to find others on a journey to be their best – and not take things too seriously!
.-= Chad´s Last Fabulous Post ..Defying Logic =-.

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Diane AZ January 31, 2010 at 11:11 am

Crayons seem to bring out the child in all of us. Maybe things would be more peaceful if more people could see the world through the eyes of a child, and the younger the better. Babies can wonder at how things are rather than how they are “supposed to be.”
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Winter Reflections =-.

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Jody - Fit at 52 January 31, 2010 at 11:20 am

Amazing photo & quote! I LOVE IT!!!!! Thank you!

PS: For some reason comment luv keeps picking up this older post. Today is the quote from you a couple weekends ago & a bit about healthcare reform. Darn, I wish comment luv worked right for me but a lot of times it does not… got me, I don’t know why! 🙂
.-= Jody – Fit at 52´s Last Fabulous Post ..Tuesday at the Gym & My Cardio Workout =-.

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Nadia - Happy Lotus January 31, 2010 at 11:43 am

Hi Lance,

Sounds like a wonderful plan to me! A lot cheaper too and no one gets hurt in the process!

So bring on the color! 🙂
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..My New Career: How God Has a Sense of Humor =-.

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Suzicate January 31, 2010 at 11:49 am

What a beautiful image!
.-= Suzicate´s Last Fabulous Post ..Romancing The Gazelle =-.

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Akemi - Yes to Me January 31, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I love this! What a beautiful image, crayolas falling from the sky. Thank you for this message on this beautiful Sunday morning.

Akemi
.-= Akemi – Yes to Me´s Last Fabulous Post ..Online Gratitude Journal January 2010 Edition #37 =-.

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Miche - Serenity Hacker January 31, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Absolutely awesome!! Totally inspiring, imaginative, creative and colorful happiness! I’m loving it!

Remember getting a new shiny box of Crayolas? How happy did that make you? I almost didn’t want to use them when I first opened them… just to see them all there, colorful, beautiful, equally sharp and ready to use… all their potential still untapped… the possibilities they held were endless… infinite, and inspiring.

I wonder what would happen if we sat down each of the delegates at the next peace negotiations a shiny, new, big box of Crayolas and a giant, untouched pad of paper?

Thanks for making me smile today!

Cheers,
Miche 🙂
.-= Miche – Serenity Hacker´s Last Fabulous Post ..Making Big Changes: Energy and Resistance =-.

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Katie West /The Levity Coach January 31, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Lance! Oh my….this would be the best levity project eh????
Oh my gosh….launching crayon packs off of buildings…mmmm fun.

I love that this is your post today because my daughter and I just made our own crayon shapes from melting down the old crumbled ones….such a good metaphor….of how beauty lives on with our care.

May we notice all the beauty bombs around us this week and start drawing right away!
Love
Katie

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Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings January 31, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Lance, that pic is mesmerizing. Love it. There’s something about colour that we tend to resist. Houses need to be “neutral” for good resale, for many people black dominates their wardrobe, most people buy white/black/silver cars. Something I’d love to see is a fuscia pick-up!

Only yesterday I bought a block of post-it notes that are bright pink, blue, green and yellow. We’ve started to use them to write positive words and phrases on and then stick them on our bathroom mirror. I can’t get enough of the bright colours!

Great Sunday Thought! Thanks Lovely Lance.
.-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Definitive Guide to Being An Aussie =-.

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April January 31, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Lance,
LOVED your thought for the day today…Crayola big boxes are a treasure…what a brilliant alternative to bombs! Venting out our frustrations in Screaming Green, furiously impassioned scribbles in Fuchsia, reaching across the Wild Blue Yonder to smooth over our differences and everyone feeling all Fuzzy Wuzzy in the end. Gotta love Crayola’s creative color names too! Is there a crayola color retirement or a memorial to those colors of old? I wonder. Good, creative things replacing bad, destructive ones…cheers and goodoodles!
.-= April´s Last Fabulous Post ..Goodoodles, plain, simple and from the heart. =-.

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Joy January 31, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Oooh I love it! Let’s color our world:)
I was just telling a friend part of my philosophy is “to color it”. He told me he got a bad email, and I said do you know what my children and I would do? We would print it out and color it! It’s true. Color the good news, color the bad, put your own stamp on it. Color it all….Although I don’t think some people should have the color sharpener, they’d spend all day trying to get the right point-LOL:)
What fun! Thank you:)
.-= Joy´s Last Fabulous Post ..Full Moon Dream Board… =-.

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Lance January 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm

@Evelyn – A big box of crayons is pretty great, isn’t it!! Metaphorically speaking, adding color to our world in creative ways…just feels happier!

@Mimi – Hi Mimi. And how awesome is that! Crayons and paper at each table. We used to have a restaurant around here that used large white paper as a tablecloth at each table, and had crayons out. We would always draw pictures and have so much fun on that table (kids and adults). Sadly, they have taken that away now. I wonder if it was a cost saving measure, or if no one used the crayons? Anyway, keep coloring, Mimi! You are leaving little happiness bombs for the wait staff! And that IS making the world brighter!

@Evita – Hi Evita! I know, I saw this image and knew immediately that it was the one to use! It just feels so colorful and alive! And to imagine what could be…if happiness, joy, and understanding were our first reactions in times of crisis? Wow!

@Megan – I know! Seeing that photo every day would just brighten everyone’s day, I’m sure of it! And a BIG BOX of crayons…not just any ordinary box – a big one! All the colors! All the fun!! And all the sharing too (hmm…does that always happen as adults???)! Megan, I truly think of YOU as a real, live, living, breathing, walking, talking box of crayons! You shine colorful and happy joy in every sense of those words! Love and shiny happy sparkly colors to you, beautiful friend…

@Jannie – Ooh, the super-big box! Double woohoo!! And that Lynn…I bet she was up late painting the town in all sorts of colors! Oh, and Jannie – I’m just happy whenever you are here!

@Tess – Hi Tess! Ooh, it’s been a long time since I’ve done that – melting crayons between wax paper! See, that’s all part of the beauty and imagination of where these colorful little sticks can take us! Aahh, and that’s a great point Tess – it starts right here with ourselves, and then setting an example of what peace and beauty can look like! I love that thought! (and thank YOU!!)

@Caroline – Coming together through play! Awesome, that would be!! Right, we as adults can all too often get caught up in meeting some unspoken expectation (adults shouldn’t do THAT, it’s only for kids). So, right – let’s let creativity, fun, and play become a part of our day! Happy coloring Caroline!!

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Lance January 31, 2010 at 4:58 pm

@Chad – It’s great to have you here, Chad…welcome! And thank you for the kudos!

@Diane AZ – Crayons sure do seem to bring out that kid in us! So maybe that’s it…if we just keep some crayons with us at all times, then when we’re feeling a bit too “adult”, we can just pull them out and have at it…and turn that adult back toward child-like wonder. Or baby-wonder (that is so sweet, isn’t it – babies taking everything in through the experience of newness…)

@Jody – Hi Jody! Thank YOU! This photo just really fit the quote so, so well! And about the Commentluv issues – I’ll check out the settings here to make sure it’s not something strange with the way I’ve configured it (thanks for the heads up).

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. Right! These bombs don’t do any damage, they just make everyone happier and lighter! (and more colorful!!). Let’s color the world in technicolor!!

@Suzicate – Thanks so much! The photo is so full of colorful life!

@Akemi – Just imagine…those crayons coming floating down! What fun!

@Miche – Yes, this quote is so filled with imagination and colorful happiness! I remember those early years in elementary school, and having that new box of crayons! The fun to be had! (which makes me think of Dr. Seuss…also filled with much happiness!) And your wondering….I think is a beautiful thought! Just imagine…if they (these peace delegates) could get over the initial embarrassment of using such devices – and just let the crayons be a voice to their deeper creative thoughts…amazing things would happen! I know it! Yet, we sit in stoic settings, hardly a smie – my guess. And we fight… hmmm…. Miche, thanks so much for these deeply good thoughts today.

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suzen January 31, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Oh Lance that is just precious!!! What a positively BRILLIANT idea! Crayola’s speak childhood to me and were the center of my creative solitary existence from whence all imagination was nurtured. Let’s all color outside the lines with our thinking – that’s where the unexpected joy is!
Hugs,
suZen
.-= suzen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Baseball vs. Football =-.

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Lori January 31, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I love your community, Lance. I anticipate your Sunday posts and quite enjoy reading your readers’ comments!

Lance, YOU are the 128-color box of Crayons in my eye. And, I also mean to include the sharpener! You make my days sharper, more colorful, and full of choices. Which color should I pick next?

Thanks for another awesome quote and photo, Lance my friend.
(P.S. If I were to choose a color to represent you, it’d be reflective white. You’re a mirror to everyone who visits here, shining back your brilliance to all who visit. You’re amazing.)
.-= Lori´s Last Fabulous Post ..Smiley =-.

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Jan January 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm

What a precious thought, to wage peace through spreading the colors of the rainbow all over the place. May we color on. With joy….

Great post, Lance. Shine on.

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Laurie January 31, 2010 at 6:03 pm

What a great world it would be if it were only that easy. But until it is, I’ll keep trying to shoot my little part of the world with my favorite color- red.

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Aurora January 31, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Oh Lance, what a splendid idea that is! If more people were happy, they would wreak less unhappiness on others. The whole world would be a better place.
.-= Aurora´s Last Fabulous Post ..He did it and said it at Church =-.

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Barbara Swafford January 31, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Hi Lance,

How sweet that would be, indeed. Thank you for the Sunday smile. You do know, Sundays wouldn’t be Sunday if I didn’t come and visit you. Your beautiful quotes always brighten up my week.

P.S. Happy Anniversary. Your previous post was one of the most precious I’ve ever read. You and your wife are truly blessed to have found each other. And forever your words will live on…..
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Unveiling The Results Of My Facelift =-.

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Lance January 31, 2010 at 7:31 pm

@Katie – Imagine we are on a tall building, launching exactly this…crayon boxes with little tiny parachutes. And down below, is a playground filled with children. Now, imagine the delight, as they see these starting to appear! Okay, switch scenes. Now we’re doing the same thing except down below are a bunch of people leaving their office building after a day’s work. Imagine that scene. The picture in my head is NOT the same. Sure, some people will be delighted by this gift from the sky. Many, though, I would guess, would ignore the crayon bombs, or maybe…maybe even shout obscenities up at us…for doing such a thing, for almost hitting them, for inconveniencing them. True, do you think? I am sure of it. And that is exactly why what you are doing is so good. There will be people who can’t take themselves back to a kid-like state. And that is sad. If one person, though, were somehow touched in a way that brought an extra smile even…it is so worth it. And…Katie! So, you and your little girl were playing with crayons today…I am not surprised! Our world is filled with “crayola’s”…including that “crayola” that lives within us. Love and millions of color-filled moments to you and your family…

@Sami – The photo is just so filled with color and life! And so, I have to share. My daughter wanted her room painted. So, we bought her paint for Christmas. Then, we went back to get it the color she wanted. She chose a bright yellow. And it IS bright. And then, she wanted some wall decorations, and we found polka dots – 130 of them! Her room does NOT fit any neutral decor..and she loves it! So…you are onto something here, Sami. Go with the colors that feel right, not that meet some perceived standard! And your rainbow mirror sounds positively bright and happy! Very cool, sassy Sami!!

@April – Hi April. This really is a brilliant idea! I love it – screaming green, wild blue (yonder)!!! See, you write in bright flashy colors…even here in black and white, your words just shout out “I am brightly colored”! I’m reading your comment and it just jumps with joy and happiness!!

@Joy – Hi Joy! Let’s do it!!! I’m in! And how very neat that you color in bad emails. That has to make them feel not nearly so “bad”! And in the process, I’m sure you have a lot of fun with it. And the “right point”…very funny Joy!!!!! I am laughing out loud!!! And that’s a great way to end this…laughing!! Woohoo!!

@Suzen – This is so filled with brilliance!! It just takes us back to days when life was carefree, fun was pulling out a brand spanking new crayon, and a crisis in the morning was best friend material in the afternoon. And taking our thinking to “outside the lines”…Suzen, this is BRILLIANT! Unexpected joy is super awesome!

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Lance January 31, 2010 at 7:55 pm

@Lori – And the community that has developed here is fully because of people like YOU, who share openly and honestly. That I can offer up this place as a vehicle for that…is an honor. As it is having you here. Lori, I am just deeply moved right now, as I read your whole comment. Your words are beautiful and are landing right on my heart. Lori, you have such an amazing way with words, and I am so thankful for you in my life. You, dear and caring friend, are a shining light of hope, faith, and love… Thank you so much for being here (and by “here”, I mean here in my heart) on this journey…

@Jan – Hi Jan! The colors of the rainbow, bringing peace to the world! Such a sweet thought! You know, Jan, you shine so many brilliant colors, and touch so many…beautiful…you are.

@Laurie – Hi Laurie. And that’s exactly it!! If we all just worked within our own circle of influence, sending brilliance, creativity, and love out in shining colors….this would spread like magic! And then…a deeper and more meaningful peace would be possible! In red! And lots of other colors too…

@Aurora – Isn’t this just such a beautiful idea! Imagine, Aurora, what that would be like! The whole world a happier, more loving, more creative place to be! I believe!! Do you?

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. You are so, so sweet. For all of this, it all just touches me very personally and very deeply. I am blessed to know you. And I can’t thank you enough for believing in me, early on, and what an influence you have been in all of this. Barbara, know that your words always hold special meaning for me, and tonight even more so. With deep gratitude…thank you for your beautiful presence here…

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Tim January 31, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Hi Lance:

First off, this picture is very cool…I love how the colors just capture your attention. Second, I love the quote!! Wow, so simple yet powerful. Perhaps every cubicle in America needs a box of crayons, too. For those of us in the service industry where we need to submit our hours so the accounting department can track them — maybe we should submit a crayon-colored drawing along with our hours. I’m sorry, I guess I’m just dreaming of that day. In any case, thanks for sharing some great wisdom and adding some color to our world today!

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lisaschaos January 31, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Wow! I love that photo and yes a crayon bomb sounds like a wonderfully happy idea!
.-= lisaschaos´s Last Fabulous Post ..Popping, Hopping Macro Monday =-.

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Liara Covert January 31, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Another perspective is there is no need for any weapons or sense of conflict. Love and peace are all there is. As you choose to remember joy and serenity are baseline states, then you automatically see the wrold in vivid colors that defy description. This expands beyond the crayola colorsheme. Note that you create different energy vibrations if you decide to participate in a peace rally or an anti-war demonstration. Any vibration that echoes negativity at all is dense rather than uplifting. Simply choose to let go of any sense of what you are not, of what is not and the truth comes rushing through.
.-= Liara Covert´s Last Fabulous Post ..Learn to let go of what you are not =-.

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Davina January 31, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Hi Lance. Well this would certainly give rainbows a run for their money. And… we wouldn’t need any rain to make it happen! 🙂 Love the colours in the photo you chose.
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..This Effortless Brilliance =-.

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Wilma Ham January 31, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Hi Lance, first off congratulations and what a lovely crayola post about you and Lora. You have love and spread love as you fill each other love tanks up so you can keep giving.

Now about this one. What amazes me is that it would be THAT simple.
THAT would get us world peace. Crayola is all that is needed and a lot cheaper than all these weapons.
However it all starts at home and that is why this post follows up beautifully from the last one.
Lance and Lora, you are working on world peace and thank you. Lots of love to you two, Wilma
.-= Wilma Ham´s Last Fabulous Post ..When is ‘enough’ enough? =-.

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Rayna February 1, 2010 at 1:22 am

What a beautiful thought, and what a beautiful photograph. Everytime I see a box of crayons, my heart soars because of all the magic contained within, just waiting to be freed. Wouldn’t I love to be able to gift a box of happiness whenever I see someone not happy.

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Jodi at Joy Discovered February 1, 2010 at 1:48 am

Hi Lance,
What an idea! Nice touch going with the big box, that really would make people so happy and a world colored with others’ imaginations sounds lovely to me!
.-= Jodi at Joy Discovered´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Small Dose of Self-Care =-.

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J.D. Meier February 1, 2010 at 3:04 am

If beauty bombs don’t work, we can always try Silly String.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Spiritual Intelligence =-.

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Hilary February 1, 2010 at 3:09 am

Hi Lance .. send rainbows down upon us .. happy smiles, loving laughter, eyes looking up and forward, patient as we watch the colours descend, let us spread a spectrum of happy life – wonderful picture and concept of happiness of colours raining down for us to absorb .. good way to start the week – thank you – Hilary
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Great British Garden Birdwatch =-.

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Kristin Hutchings February 1, 2010 at 4:44 am

Wonderful imagery, Lance! It really brightens up a grey, wintry day.

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Mama Zen February 1, 2010 at 7:34 am

What a perfect and beautiful idea!
.-= Mama Zen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sky In Bloom =-.

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Wendi Kelly~Life's Little Inspirations February 1, 2010 at 8:26 am

Lance,

That is a breathtaking picture. Makes me want to print it out and hang it on my office wall to look at every day. I remember a long time ago doing a post on crayons. I love crayons. There is nothing like a fresh brand new box of crayons. It feels like hope and new opportunities and a world of possibilities.
.-= Wendi Kelly~Life’s Little Inspirations´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Ever Flowing Spring Water of Life =-.

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Tammy-Cricket February 1, 2010 at 8:48 am

LOVE this Lance. This is just beautiful thinking about it. xxoo to you.

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now February 1, 2010 at 9:41 am

Wouldn’t that be a sight to see. We need more artists in this world instead of soldiers. Imagine if we put as much into helping artists grow as we do in building armies and weapons. What a different world this would be.

I tried creating a kids book, all with crayons. Every letter was a page in the book with a drawing and a couple sentences. I still have it somewhere. Maybe it’s time to revisit it.
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Erin February 1, 2010 at 10:46 am

Fulghum can make me laugh and cry. He always seeks the honesty and beauty in life and our relationships. The happy colorful bomb is exactly what we need. The are so many dark and dreary place in the world, especially in the hearts of men. Blessings.
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Lance February 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm

@Tim – The colors in this picture just really jump off the page! And just imagine if crayons were at every desk, and a new box was waiting for you as soon as you used up what you had! Creativity would skyrocket! (if people used them) In my dream, everyone would be creating magnificent pieces!

@Lisa – Just imagine…wow!!

@Liara – That’s a great point…this concept of negativity vs. positivity. And it’s all a choice…just like the color we choose out of that crayon box…

@Davina – Hi Davina. Ha!!! Yes, crayons require no rain!

@Wilma – Hi Wilma. Thank you so much for the anniversary wishes – so kind and sweet of you! And yes! Crayola bombs would be so much cheaper and happier! So, why can’t we do that? Why is it that we have to fight with weapons of mass destruction instead of weapons of joy and love?

@Rayna – This really is all about beauty…the beauty of our true colors shining through! And crayons…like little tiny markers of our who we are…when we let them come into our hands…and color…pretty awesome!

@Jodi – Hi Jodi. Yep, let’s get that big box of crayons with all sorts and shades of colors! And really…when I think about these crayons…I keep coming back to the crayon colors in our heart…and just letting them paint the world!

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Lance February 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

@J.D. Meier – Silly string! Awesome idea! We had a silly string game in our basement once – tons of fun (well…except for the cleanup!)!!

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. Rainbows of color sounds like a whole lot of awesome!

@Kristin – Yes, this picture certainly does brighten a dreary day! And the words by Robert Fulghum really touch upon the beauty that lies in letting our true colors shine!

@Mama Zen – Lovely, isn’t it!!!

@Wendi – Hi Wendi. Looking at this photo, it’s just hard to not feel a bit happier and lighter! And, I love what you have shared – this idea that a new box of crayons are line new opportunities! They really are! New opportunities for us to create! And the thing is, within our soul, a box of those crayons reside…just waiting to be opened!

@Tammy – Tammy, it is sooo good to see you here today. And crayons are beautiful…like YOU! And I want you to know, dear friend, how much you always bring out those colors in others. You hav a wonderful gift of seeing into people’s hearts, and connecting to what really matters. Tammy, just know today that I hold you and your sweet colors of life close to my heart…

@Karl – And I say that there’s an artist in each one of us…sometimes buried in our right brains (and in our hearts). So, you are so right…really developing that artist within each of us could go a long, long way toward world peace. And about that kids book (done in crayons!!)…definitely get that back out!!

@Erin – So, I looked back to see if I had used this quote before, and while I hadn’t – I came across one other Fulghum quote I have used. And it was one that very much brought sadness. In such an honest way, it touched upon a deep part of our being, and something I think we all can relate to – the words people say to us, and how they CAN hurt. Anyway, this post today is much more upbeat and filled with brightness, and is so good for this world we live in today. Now, how to get that message out to everyone. (and for the record, I find both this quote and the one on what people say to be deeply good…just different).

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Nathalie Lussier February 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Yes! I love it. Why always focus on weapons that destroy rather than create or add beauty? This is just so beautiful… and the photo too. 😉

I think of us is a little crayola bomb… we’re each a little bit of shiny all wrapped into our human form. Let’s make it shine, baby! 😀
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Angelia Sims February 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm

It would definitely bring down my defense. I can not resist a new box of crayons. The smell, the colors, the new shades. It wasn’t long ago I volunteered in the 4-5yr old room at Church. I hope the other teacher/volunteer didn’t mind because I HAD to color a picture with the kids. What fun it was!

It certainly gave me an explosion that I needed. I still have that picture I colored and find it in my Bible. It always makes me smile. Thanks Lance!

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Fatibony{self help wellness} February 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm

What a lovely quote Lance .. how wonderful to lunch one of these Crayola bomb to dissolve a crisis, the image of people smiling with funny faces feels awesome …. Love the Rainbow like colors 🙂
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Lance February 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm

@Nathalie – Weapons of Mass Creation (WMC’s)!! So, let’s let that shiny in us out…that crayola that is maybe buried deep in our soul! Shine, baby!! (love it!!!)

@Angelia – Oooh, the smell of crayons!! And very cool – you putting those crayons to use in your church classroom! I say that by you doing that, you are giving others permission to let their creative side out…and that’s all sorts of awesome!

@Fatibony – It’s a pretty sweet bomb to launch, isn’t it!! Bringing smiles instead of pain – what a great “bomb”!!

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Marelisa February 2, 2010 at 2:42 am

Boxes of crayola floating down to earth on tiny parachutes. What an awesome visual! 🙂

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Jacqui February 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Hello. I know I’m on the wrong comment page for this but the comments are closed for ‘sweet sixteen’ and I wanted to write something!

I just wanted to say thank you for sharing that post. It actually meant a lot to me to read how your love has endured over so many years. It’s not often that I hear happy love stories – more often, we hear about break-ups, affairs and the like. It really warmed my heart to read your story and it inspired me to believe in love. So thank you.

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Peggy Nolan February 2, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I think this is the most coolest, awesomest picture I’ve seen in awhile. The color explodes with a vibrant, playful energy! A Happiness Weapon…a beauty bomb! I LOVE IT!
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FatFighterTV February 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I love this! I can’t get the image out of my head – so beautiful, in so many ways.
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Lance February 3, 2010 at 4:45 am

@Marelisa – Just imagine those little parachutes coming down…crayons an all! What fun!!

@Jacqui – Hi Jacqui. Thank you so much for taking the time to write me about the anniversary post. That one was a special one, so know that I am deeply grateful for everything you are saying. When I think about it, there are definitely moments where love was a bit harder to find in some of the moments of our life together. And yet, through it all, what I’ve really come to believe is that love truly never fails. If we can find that spot of love, even in less than perfect times, our connection to this other soul is held in beautiful connection to our own. Jacqui, thank you, again, for your lovely words….they are touching to me.

@Peggy – This picture is so filled with vibrant life! And then the words of Robert Fulghum just make these colors come to life even more! Beauty bombs!! Woohoo!!

@FatFighterTV – Hey Sahar! I know!! That image is so filled with a depth of color that is so full and vivid!

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Sagan February 4, 2010 at 12:25 am

That is so cute. Really made me smile. The quote itself is its own “crayola bomb” in text form!
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Lance February 6, 2010 at 6:10 am

Sagan,
Just imagine…this really happening! Wouldn’t that be so much fun!!

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Ricardo Bueno February 8, 2010 at 4:51 am

Heh, cool image! Coulda used one of those bombs last week…
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Lance February 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Ricardo,
Hey, great to see you here!! Crayola bombs coming your way – they are never too late…you can ALWAYS use one!!

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