Maya Angelou, bestselling author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, says, “By the time we are three or four years old, someone has knocked creativity out of us.” As we grow up, we are given rules of conformance that makes it a sin if we color outside the lines.
As adults, we’re told to “think outside the box,” an impossible task when we’ve lost the ability to see anything other than the perspective we’ve been told was right. Everybody knows that our very pregnant Mary rode a donkey to Bethlehem. We’ve seen it in the pictures, right?
I think Mary walked. On rough terrain at times, riding a donkey wouldn’t have been easier. She also would have taken frequent potty breaks, but who would ever think about that? But I do, because I’ve learned to look at scenes from other than the standard point of view.
To restore our creativity, we either need to become as a child, or listen to what they see through their curious eyes.
If you think you know the Christmas story, you should hear what a child has to say.