As I walked my dog, Theo, down the street, a little girl pointed at him and yelled,
“Look Mum! That dog has leopard legs!”
But then I heard the girl’s mum.
“Don’t be stupid! Dogs have dog legs.”
I was taken aback as Theo and I walk on down the road. Yes, dogs do have dog legs. But Theo has leopard legs if you have a little bit of imagination. This little girl’s creative juices were flowing. But with those few harsh words, the mum cut the flow of creativity. Don’t think she’ll be looking for any more dogs with leopard legs and if she saw one, I’m sure she’ll stay quiet about it.
This girl has just learned not to think outside the box. Don’t say something that’s not “normal” because if you do, you will be verbally crushed.
This was an extreme example but I think many of us learn over time to limit our creative thinking because of the negative reactions we sometimes receive. As the years go by, we conform to “normal” because dogs have dog legs. This is the way everyone thinks about dogs.
Sometimes someone gets creative.
Sometimes someone thinks outside the box.
Sometimes someone sees a dog with leopard legs.