Just A Simple Dot

Robert Strand

Roger van Oech, author of, "A WHACK ON THE SIDE OF THE HEAD" tells the following story: When I was a sophomore in high school, my English teacher put a small chalk dot on the blackboard. Then he asked the class, "What is this?"

chalkpieceonboardTime passed...a couple of minutes and finally someone timidly offered this answer: "A chalk dot on the blackboard?" Then, the rest of the class seemed relieved that the obvious had been stated.

"I'm surprised at you," the teacher told the class. "Yesterday I did the same exercise with a group of kindergarten-ers and they thought of more than fifty different things. They said the chalk mark could be...the eye of an owl, a cigar butt, the top of a telephone pole, a star, a round pebble, a button, a rotten egg, a chalk circle, a dot, a period, a pearl, the moon and a whole lot more."

What has happened in the ten year period between kindergarten and high school? Not only have we learned the "supposedly correct answers" or right answers, we have also lost the ability to take the long look or the big picture look or the look outside of the box of conventional thinking! We have also lost the ability to look for more than one right answer! We might have learned how to be specific...but we have also lost much of our imaginative power!

Don't Lose Your Imagination

The power to think with God given imagination is a wonderful gift. Let's once again learn how to use our imagination. It's too bad that children enter school as question marks...but too often leave as periods!

"But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the person who hears the word and understands it. He/she produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown" (Matthew 13:23).