"Ladybugs" © 2010 Mandy Boyle
"Ladybugs" © 2010 Mandy Boyle

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain

Creative people aren’t always taken seriously. Often, in my experience, people tend to gravitate towards the safe and familiar, even though the colorful may seem much more appealing and (gasp) exciting!

Today, I encountered an example of close-minded thinking, but instead of feeling annoyed by the lack of enthusiasm over change and the death grip on tradition, I decided to learn from it.

It’s not easy to be creative, nor is it easy to let your imagination free. We get afraid to take risks. We fear losing something when we express ourselves. We approach new things timidly or at an all out sprint – and neither approach is the right way to go about it. In fact, there is no right or wrong way to open your mind. It just happens.

Take the time today to open your mind to something. Instead of spending so much time listening to your own voice, let others be heard. Pay attention to someone. Learn that person’s name. Let your fantasies run wild for once. Hell, go out for a walk before this big blizzard is supposed to come and just be. Yes, just be.  Live, if even for a moment, without restrictions. It’s the creative thing to do.

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