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.

Encouraging Different Conversations

Being forever curious about all things new, I recently booked myself into The School of Life Melbourne which opened in March this year. I signed up to the “How to Have Better Conversations” class and took my fiancée along too. I was just curious. The classes are designed to give useful insights around big themes in life, such as “How To Make a Difference”, “How To Realize Your Potential”, “How To Be Creative”, and heaps more.BLOG-CONVERSATIONS.001During class, Theodore Zeldin’s name came up a lot, amongst many others, expressing views on how to have better conversations. Intrigued to know more, I researched further and this quote struck a chord:

“I particularly value conversations which are meetings on the borderline of what I understandand what I don’t, with people who are different from myself.” Theodore Zeldin

How often do we seek to meet, or hang out with, people that are very different from us? Those who may make us feel a little uncomfortable or intimidated because they know something we don’t? We’re often too set in our ways and naturally gravitate towards comfort zones, and resist the unknown or difference. But if we do this too often, how can we possibly learn, be inspired, explore new thinking and be more creative? And essentially become more interesting.

Next time you’re talking to someone and you want to escape, try a little experiment… stick with it and learn something new.

Check out the events program at The School of Life in your city.