Coloring Outside the Lines

You never know where a Facebook status update will lead!   Last week, I posted “Warning! Today I am coloring OUTSIDE the lines ;)The likes and the posts started flowing which tells me I struck a nerve, in a positive manner!  The screen shot below is  only a portion of what people had to say on the post, and a week later, I am still getting likes and comments.After laughing about it for a while, I got excited about what this said to me about life!  We do not like to be told we must color inside the lines!!  Remember as children, when we were taught how to color, we were told to color inside the lines; to heck with that!  Why not do what we feel like we should or could do?  Why not make our own lines and color where WE want to color?  No one wants to be told how to act, whether in coloring, or in life!We were all created as unique human beings with no two people alike!  No fingerprints are the same, no DNA is the same, we are all different!  So why “Color Inside the Lines” like everyone else?I say be yourself! Be different, be unique….take your crayons and Color OUTSIDE the Lines!!

Comments

  1. Thanks J – great comments and I love how you tied it into your own industry!! Sometimes we must stick within parameters, but going outside of the lines is so much more fun!! Thank you! My colorful day, I think that will take a phone call 😉

  2. Hah! What a cool way to derive at a blog topic – very unconventional! Very…outside the lines =PLiterally, the lines in a coloring book represent a formation created by a company that sells blindly, and manufactures them in bulk. Analogically, if you stay within these lines, then you’ve followed a path that was created for you by someone who doesn’t know what you’re all about, what your talents, and likes/dislikes are. And "in bulk" means that most people follow down the same, boring, uneventful, unmeaningful life.So YES – the heckers with that! You can create your own clown, and do it well! Create your own book, your own story, and stand out!

  3. Very astute observations Paul!! Create your own story and forget the lines! Thanks buddy!!

  4. Danielle Miller says:

    As someone who regularly steps off the path (or colors outside the lines!) I love how many responses you got to that status. woohoo! Not only are we told to color inside the lines, but we’re also told what color crayons to use and where the colors should go.And so it starts…the safety zone, the routine, the stifling of creativity and imagination; no wonder its so hard as adults to recapture that spark! Love this post John and I’m sure it will spark more conversation!Warmly,Danielle

  5. Ah, the safety zone; that scoundrel! LOL We should march to our own beat, color wherever we wish and live our lives!! Thanks Danielle for your comments!!

  6. Gina Parris says:

    Coloring outside the lines is a perfect subject for those who love social media. All the technical engineering types were busy working! hahahaaAnyway, I love how it takes all kinds of wonderful personalities to make this whole marketplace work. Thanks for a fun thread.

  7. I’m totally fine with y’all coloring outside the lines in your creative ways but please don’t drive outside the lines !!!Funny? hope so! but the principle is true too. I’ll use my own occupation as an example. If I remodel your home, there are certain lines that you (and the building dept) want me to stay inside of, for safety and durability reasons. But you also may appreciate an unorthodox approach to solving a design or architectural challenge that may be considered outside the lines of conventional wisdom. There is definitely a gift or art of knowing when to stick with the tried and true and when to turn it on it’s head and challenge the status quo. Steve Jobs has that gift. The over simplification may be to stay inside the lines when you’re dealing with a law of the universe. Otherwise color away! I’m interested in the details of your ‘colorful’ day John…. 🙂

  8. Great point Gina! I had not thought of it in that manner, but you are onto something; social media gives us more freedom to go outside of the lines!! Thank you for the comments!

  9. Thanks J – great comments and I love how you tied it into your own industry!! Sometimes we must stick within parameters, but going outside of the lines is so much more fun!! Thank you! My colorful day, I think that will take a phone call 😉

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