November 20, 2010
Volume 2, Issue 25
Oh the Places You’ll Go
Oh the things you can think if you’re willing to try…
~Theodor Seuss Geisel
I know a family heavily involved in the arts. They invited Carol and me to the Bloomfield Middle School production of Seussical the Musical Junior. Given the age of the actors, we went with moderate expectations but looked forward to an enjoyable evening.
As we entered the school, we found adults and kids bustling with excitement. Poster boards tracked the extensive work it took to prepare the show. We tend to take this labor for granted unless we have participated in a theater production.
Once the curtain rose, a whimsical world appeared. The wonderful cast of middle schoolers drew us into the magical world of Seussical, celebrating imagination and creativity. I remember reading The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who and Green Eggs and Ham to my children. The books seemed silly at first but then captivated me.
The children invited us to put aside our daily cares for a while and live with them in the realm of fantasy. The show enthralled me and left me grateful for my own imagination and for the creativity with which we are all born.
Sometimes we forget we have an imagination and think we are stuck with the task of plodding though the problems life presents us. We don’t think we have any choice and it feels like there is no way out. We think the world is going to pot and we are being dragged along with it.
Living in the Seussical world for an evening reminded me of the endless imagination with which God has endowed us. When we put our minds to it, we can find new ways of thinking about our human problems and transforming them into new ways of living. We have done it for eons and can continue to do so if we trust ourselves and each other enough to work together.
When life becomes a struggle, we tend to see the arts as a luxury we can’t afford and think we must be practical. In the process we become lost in the drudgery of coping with everyday problems. We forget that the arts allow us to fly free from our bonds and use our imagination to find new ways to think and act. Rather than an escape from reality, the arts are a way to practice thinking of the world in new ways. We learn to transcend problems we are tempted to see as insurmountable.
I left reinvigorated by Seussical’s imagination as well as by appreciation for the community effort it took to create this magical evening. I applauded the coming together of children and adults to create a wonderful world into which they invited us. I am grateful for their sharing the possibilities of our creative imagination. Thank you Sarah, Justin, Alex and Hudson and the rest of the Bloomfield Middle School Community.
Life Lab Lessons
- Do you plod through life?
- Do you allow your imagination to have its say?
- Do you feel stuck?
- Do you trust your creativity?
- Find someone with whom to celebrate the arts.