One of the many things I’m grateful for this year is my little boy and the gifts of imagination and inspiration he gives me. He also teaches me the value of iterating and innovating using a limited set of materials and parameters by asking me to draw a unique napkin for his lunch each day. He shares his ideas so freely, it’s impossible to not be inspired by the power of a child’s natural collaboration skills. I learn from him every day that teams work best when each member brings something, even something seemingly small, to the table.
I’ll share just a few of these:
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:
This is all just to say that it’s often seemingly little things, in the unsuspected parts of life, that inspire me in work, play, and in everything I do.
Dad used to say, “How someone does anything is how they do everything.”
So, cloud-sized buckets of gratitude to my sweet boy for consistently giving me gifts of inspiration and collaboration that powers other parts of my life. No small thing. Just in case you read this when you’re older and learn to read, Dash, you should know I’m also grateful that you’re starting to draw with me! That’s the greatest gift of all because I didn’t even know I could draw things like this until you showed up! You’re an inspiration in so many ways. Thank you, my sweet pal.
Meanwhile, ’tis the season to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!