I Need to Color More
Last night I became a kid again.
No, I didn’t invent a time machine, but I was reminded of an important lesson, one most kids have mastered and adults too often forget. Yesterday, my school’s PTA hosted a “Valentines for Vets Family Fun Night.” This year, our students and staff have a goal of creating over 4,000 valentines to send to veterans and members of the military who are currently serving our country. Last night families gathered in our Multipurpose Room for about an hour and a half to make valentines. For 90 minutes, students and parents created original valentines and colored valentine templates while they snacked on goodies and listened to music. Folks had a blast!
I joined in as well. I grabbed a few valentines and markers, sat down, and began coloring. And then something awesome happened. The world slowed down. Despite music and probably a hundred people around me, the noise in the room seemed to fade. It was just the markers and me, focusing on coloring within the lines. It was peaceful. It was therapeutic.
And I told myself at that moment, “I need to color more.” We all need to color more. I would dare to say that most of us used to draw and color all the time when we were kids, but then we grew up and coloring went away. Because coloring is for kids.
But it doesn’t have to be. We need to remember to “color” once in a while, take a break from the stress and busyness of our lives and focus on something else. Maybe that means sitting down with your kids and coloring with them, putting your “to-do” list on hold. Maybe it means taking a trip to your local “paint your own pottery” shop. Maybe it means grabbing a book and reading for pleasure – not reading because you have to, but because you want to. I was reminded of how focused and peaceful I feel when I spend time with God, reading His Word. That’s how I need to color more.
Last night I became a kid again. And it felt good.
1/30/2014 10:18:36 am
I think about the same thing sometimes, but as I think about it, coloring wasn't the only thing that sounded welcome. It was ANYTHING creative. Drawing, building, making movies... was like the creative side of my brain was getting a massage and the same sense of "ahhh... that feels gooooood!" stretched itself into a common and uplifting feeling. That feeling of what it was like to be young, open, creative and without bounds.
Kendall Tappan Cardenas
1/31/2014 03:16:01 am
Brent, I love this! I have a "holiday" called "Hand Turkey Tuesday" that I implemented at work with my colleagues (when I worked in a traditional office). It falls on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and we sit down with colors, glitter feathers, and other craft supplies and make Hand Turkeys! SO MUCH FUN and a nice stress reliever as well. We would write our names and ages with our opposite writing hand so that it looked like our "kid selves" made it. It morphed into a pot luck at my last office... people really looked forward to it! :)
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Brent has worked in the field of education as a teacher and administrator for 25 years. He is currently Principal of Alta Murrieta Elementary School in Murrieta, California. Read more about Brent here.
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