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a little nonsense…

AKO-NonsenseWisdomOnce in a while a little nonsense is needed. Nonsense lifts our hearts, delights our spirits and fuels creativity. The world would be a very sad, sad place indeed, if it were not for the delightful creations of Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), L. Frank Baum, C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, J. M. Barrie, Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), the Brothers Grimm, Aesop and countless others.

Fantasy and nonsense are relished by the wisest of us for good reason. It gives us a break from reality. It allows us explore our imagination into a world of possibilities. A little make-believe stimulates our creativity, which lets us and encourages us to be inventive, efficient and effective in our daily routines. “How?” you ask.

Creative thinking promotes people to see things differently, from new angles and perspectives, which in turn allows people to find better ways of tackling their daily chores and jobs. As Dahl stated, “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest of men,” because nonsense ultimately serves a wonderful purpose in our lives.

I invite everyone to use a purple crayon, mismatch your outfit, talk backwards, or any other nonsensical thing you wish to do for a spell. I keep blowing bubbles in my car, so if I am ever stuck in traffic, I can enjoy the moment as if I were a kid again. And, it is fun to see people’s faces light up when they see bubbles dance in front of their windshields. It is that “whistle while you work attitude” that really makes our lives worth living. One final note…I leave you with this phenomenal quote from Alice in Wonderland:

“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”


Imagination Day 3

Abstract art and forms invite people to use their imagination to see images. Pablo Picasso cleverly stated, “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” What images do you perceive in the above abstract painting? Sit with it and stare for a few moments. What do you see? “Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.” W. Somerset Maugham

Today, there was attention given to a chicken nugget that looked like George Washington.

Some would say, wow,  you have a great imagination. Do you see the resemblance? What else besides a chicken nugget, does that form look like to you? What image do you see if it was turned 180 degrees / upside down?


As children, many of us gazed into the heavens and made out animals and other things from the fluffy, billowy clouds we would see in the sky. Many summer afternoons would be spent playing this fun game with our friends and siblings. Why not do this now? Take time to gaze at the clouds, what do you see? “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”  Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

You can engage your imagination any time you wish. From chicken nuggets to billowy clouds to an office ceiling or into your coffee mug just before you stir up the cream, you can activate your imagination and allow images to form in your mind. Can you imagine other ways to engage in this type of activity?Does it sound like fun? You bet it does. Enjoy the moment and turn up the imagination. 

I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel. Peter Nivio Zarlenga


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