April 14

Today's quotation:

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. . . And people would smile and get a little funny look
on their faces and cover the world with imagination.

Robert Fulghum

Today's Meditation:

Where do we get the idea that we must always "defeat" our "enemies"?  Why do we think that hurting them or even killing them is a justifiable and effective way of dealing with them?  After all, most of our crises have more to do with differences in opinion or differences in perspective than they do with actual dangers to us.

While Robert's words obviously are written with his tongue firmly in his cheek, there is more than a spark of truth in them.  When our imaginations are engaged and we find ourselves looking at the world as a place of possibility and potential, our tendencies to seeing the world as a place of conflict simply aren't as strong.  A group of people engaged in quilt-making or neighborhood theater aren't as likely to be thinking thoughts of anger and resentment as someone who's sitting alone at home with nothing to do but pay attention to every stray thought that enters his or her mind.

If we find ourselves in that situation--being alone with our negative thoughts, then we have the opportunity to start some creative activity--just because.  With our creativity sparked, our thoughts become positive and we can smile much more easily as we cover our corners of the world with imagination.

I love to get the Crayons when we go to restaurants that have them set aside for kids.  The waiters and waitresses are usually happy to let me use them, and it's a lot of fun to spend the time that we're waiting for food on some creative expression.  Usually, what I color isn't all that good, but I don't care--it's fun creating, and that's the important part.  Our creative sides provide us with contentment and fulfillment, as long as we don't worry about what others think about our creations.  So make your own Crayola bomb and put it in a place where you can access it easily and quickly, and fill those spare moments with a little bit of creativity, mixed with a dose of nostalgia for those years when the Crayons were an important part of your life.

Questions to consider:

Why do we think that Crayons are just for kids?

How do you feel when you're involved in a creative activity?

Why might so many of us worry about what others think of our creations?  Are those thoughts productive or destructive?  Does what others think truly matter?
For further thought:

You were placed on this earth
to create, not to compete.

Robert Anthony

  

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