Kids love cardboard boxes. In a child's eyes, that box from Amazon is a sword and shield waiting to happen. An animal hospital is born from the new refrigerator. Or in the case of my sons, Lambos (Lamborghinis to the uninitiated).
Imagination. Possibility. Resourcefulness. Creativity.
There's a lesson in here, don't you think?
Your life can appear to be a box, a limiting space with boundaries and restrictions. But could you cut here and fold there and make something entirely new with a few tools? Could we add some color or glitter (don't use glitter it's killing sea life) and make the mundane beautiful?
The creativity is less about the tools and resources and more about the imagination. What can you make out of what you have? What skills can you transfer to some new endeavor? Who do you know that you can seek advice or some mentoring? Where do you have time to carve out for that special project or to learn that new skill? What group can you join that will introduce you to the kind of people who do the things you want to do? What are you already good at and enjoy? How can you use that to create the life you dream of?
Everyone has a calling. It might be to make cheese or teach kids or nurse the sick back to wellness or build bridges. No matter where we are born or under what circumstances, we all are born with innate abilities and talents in a special combination that has never been born before. We can see our circumstances as limitations OR we can see our lives as ripe with possibility.
I heard an interview with Shonda Rhimes yesterday that sparked all this thinking. She said that her dad told her that her success was only limited by her imagination. She was talking about her Year of Yes and how it completely changed her life. She lost over a hundred pounds, became a better mother, and felt more connected to everyone in her life and to life itself. She said Yes to everything she would have normally said no to - invitations to parties, her kids asking her to play as she was walking out the door, sitting with the Obamas at the Kennedy Center Honors.
She saw her life without the edges. The yes was her glitter and scissors. She didn't need anything new or outside herself to change her life, she chose to see life differently. She changed the No to Yes.
And so it is with kids. They choose to see that cardboard box as the Lambo of their dreams rather than recycling fodder. We don't have to lose this vision. We can always adjust our perspectacles. We can choose to say Yes. Every moment gives us a new opportunity to see things differently.