Those two little words
Tricksy little phrase, that one is. Just two words, both of them pretty benign. Until you put them together and tack on a question mark, that is.
Then they become loaded.
Sometimes they spur creative thought.
What if we painted a forest without using any green?
What if we redesigned the mailbox?
What if we found a way to combine Buckeye Candy with ice cream?
What if we could design a personal studio?
What if there was another color in the visible spectrum? What would it be and where would it fit?
Those kinds of what ifs are good for a person.
But not all what ifs are so good.
What if I’m disappointed?
What if I’m a disappointment?
What if I don’t fit?
What if nobody wants what I have to offer?
Those kinds of what ifs are hard on the heart. They don’t spur creativity; they shut it down. It doesn’t matter who you are…trying to survive with your creativity shut down is the pits. You end up being a shadow of your true self.
And we were made for the light, not the shadow.