“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” Theodore Geisel
Theodore Geisel has done something few have done well: captured the world’s attention with words. The magic with which they float around the pages of his books is incredible. Countless movies and other authors have used his work as inspiration. Who is this smart man? Why Dr. Seuss of course!
Reading Dr. Seuss’s books is one of the more challenging things your brain will experience. They’re tons of fun, but the words can really get your tongue into a twist. But one of the things I love most about Seuss’s books is that they’re all full of imagination. As children we spend countless hours playing make-believe with princesses, aliens, superheros and wild creatures, but when we become adults, many of us “turn off” the part of our brain that does the imagining. This basically means that we stop using part of our brain! Those of us who have creative hobbies like crafting or sculpting help to keep those connections going in our brain.
If you’ve got a challenge in your life, or something you can’t figure out, do something that takes imagination, fantasy or, as Geisel said, makes life seem like you’re looking at it through the wrong end of a telescope. Look at that challenge upside-down, backwards, inside out, with different people involved and imagine all possible outcomes. Don’t limit yourself to only what reality has to offer. Instead, take some time to laugh at life and look at challenges with a fresh perspective. Not only will you be a stronger, smarter, happier person, you’ll also get through future challenges easier. Of course, keep a few Dr. Seuss books around to help get those brain cells moving!
What about you? Are you stuck up against a challenge and cant get through? Maybe the answer is to go over, under, around or even turn around away from the challenge. I’d love to help you get a fresh perspective on your challenge, contact me through my Fresh Perspectives website.