When we were kids the world was whatever we wanted it to be.
Our imaginations set the stage.
Reason and responsibility didn’t exist.
In our made-up worlds we were astronauts, cowboys and pop stars.
A blanket on the living room floor became a dessert island. A cardboard box could be anything from a hat to a rocket ship.
When we took to colouring, the green dog sitting next to the purple tree looked just perfect.
We made crazy faces, used pots and pans as musical instruments and spun in circles in the middle of the lawn until we fell down dizzy.
We listened to stories that our parents read to us and imagined those magical places over and over again.
Then we grew up.
And somewhere along the way, we lost our ability to imagine the impossible.
We were influenced by the rules and consequences that come with being an adult.
It’s a shame really.
We were so creative back then.
We played. Not for any outcome or purpose. We just played.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to tap into that again? Even for a moment? To find that inner child that is still with us? To open our minds to the creative beings we once were?
Dr. Stuart Brown, Author of the book Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul writes:
“I have gathered and analyzed thousands of case studies that I call play histories. I have found that remembering what play is all about and making it part of our daily lives are probably the most important factors in being a fulfilled human being. The ability to play is critical not only to being happy, but also to sustaining social relationships and being a creative, innovative person.” Dr. Stuart Brown, Founder, National Institute for Play
Click here for a TED talk by Stuart Brown.
Playing helps to spark creativity, revives our energy, relieves stress and opens our minds to a fresh outlook. It encourages problem solving and innovative thinking. It’s a palette cleanse of all the restrictions of our adult life.
Want to catch a glimpse of your childhood imagination?
You’ll remember doing some of these things. No reason you can’t do them again. Remind yourself that your creativity is alive and well…sometimes it just needs a little encouragement!
The idea is to play just for the sake of it.
Make a conscious effort to step out of your day-to-day routine and restrictions, even for a few minutes. Change your perspective and open your mind.
Remind yourself how it feels.
Then find ways to work play into your everyday life.
Even though creativity plateaus from time to time, it’s still in you.
Sometimes it just needs a little boost!
Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com
As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.
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