Welcome to Imagine That on Wednesdays.
Kids have a unique way of interacting with the world. (Granted, I don’t have children, so this is purely from observations.) They seem to have this need to touch everything around them, whether out of curiosity or the desire to leave their mark. “I have been here.” They see the world and want to add to it.
A new family recently moved into the apartment above mine. They have an 8-year-old boy. I haven’t seen him around much, but the other day I came outside to find he had left something out on the stair rail.
A caterpillar and ladybug made of Play Doh. Not only did this little boy create something, but he wanted to share it with the world. His little act of sharing brought a smile to my face.
These little sculptures won’t stand the test of time like some of the great monuments. The little boy won’t get an award, and probably won’t see much praise outside of his parents. Does he know he made me smile? No. The point is I know. At this age, lack of recognition won’t stop him from lighting up the world with his creativity.
Somewhere along the line as we age, we trade the joy of creation for affirmation. If we don’t get any? Sometimes we hide our little treasures away, afraid no one will appreciate them except us. There is a difference between rejection and lack of affirmation. Our fear of one bleeds into the other until we make choices based on those two things.
Imagine if you released your treasures. Do you decorate the world? Do you let your light shine? Do you leave a mark and never return to see if anyone appreciated it? You might never know it, but some small acts can change a person’s day.
What about you? Has something made you smile, but you never got to tell the creator? Do you live for affirmation, or do you live to decorate the world? I love hearing from you!