You are a small boy, five years old, and you have just stumbled
over a large, empty cardboard box in the midst of
the living room floor. What is your first thought?
Now, imagine you are a young girl, five years old
and you have taken it upon yourself to delve into
mom’s closet to see what you can find. You get a
glimpse of this long, beautiful, pink gown. What
is your thought?
As children we saw a cardboard box and it instantly
became a choo-choo train; to don mommy’s dress,
you became a fairy princess. What else could these
things be used for?! In our youth, perceptions of
our world were everything and anything imaginable.
There were no restrictions or limitations; not until
someone informed us of otherwise.
Maturing, we found our familial interactions, societal
expectations, religious demeanor and education all
played integral parts in our perceptions. These
influences were inevitable.
Once fully grown, our allotted perceptions took
on vast, superimposed restrictions. Many believe
actions and responsibilities must be accounted for,
period. Believing this life is concrete and limited.
There is no occasion, nor the need to imagine and
day-dream; to look beyond what we observe. The box,
sadly, became the symbol for all things, in their
place. What is so ironic is that all things can
not fit neatly into our box.