Our Gift of Imagination

On a Tuesday evening, at The School of Life, surrounded by twenty strangers and cartoonist/illustrator Oslo Davis, I gave myself a window to let go and use my imagination…

Everyone in the room had given themselves two hours to listen, be inspired, challenged, and get creative (with words and pictures). To begin with, you could tell that most of the room felt uncomfortable with expressing their creativity around others. But regardless, everyone had clearly rocked up with a “why not give it a go” attitude. The awkward beginning soon turned into laughter, sharing, talking and flowing ideas.

Some interesting thoughts…

Simplicity is forced upon us when we have to think fast. Draw an object in 15 seconds (and see if someone else gets it).

Pictures can be powerful and funny without relying on words. Communicate an idea simply through a drawing (and see if someone else gets it).

Imagination is our gift to use however, and whenever, we want. Create the most absurd scenario and make yourself laugh (and see if others do too).

How often do you give yourself ‘windows of imagination’, an opportunity to express your creativity and have some fun? No matter who you are, or what you do for a living, everyone has the ability to imagine.

Whether you use your gift of imagination or not is your choice.