One of the many things I’m grateful for this year is the way my little boy teaches me the value of iterating and innovating using a limited set of materials and parameters through a simple yet challenging exercise: he asks me to draw a unique napkin for his lunch each day using just a few colored markers and our imaginations.
When he first started asking, I thought we’d run out of ideas pretty quick. Here we are, almost 4 years later, and our idea machine has become a prolific part of our lives that gives us great joy.
Silly? Maybe to some. But this silly exercise has translated into real value in other parts of my life, opening my heart and mind to new and more diverse approaches to solutions both personally and professionally.
My little boy shares his ideas so freely, too, it’s impossible to not be inspired by the power of a child’s natural gift for collaboration. For example, I learn from him how teams work best when each member brings even something seemingly small to the table.
Here are some of our favorites (out of hundreds now):
And, I’m especially in love with the moments when he challenges me to draw things that are way outside my comfort zone with ideas from the imaginations of great artists who’ve inspired us all:
“Daddy, how about you draw Hobbes?”
This is all just to say that it’s often seemingly little things, in the unsuspected parts of life, that inspire me in everything I do. The best part? He’s starting to draw with me:
Until my sweet pal showed up, I didn’t know or even think I could draw well at all but, thanks to his inspiration, I’ve a new love for challenges like these that nudge me to be more innovative in ways both big and small.
Meanwhile, ’tis the season to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year –> May all your wishes come true.