I Have An Idea, What About An Idea Date?

Years ago the House of Shine was actually called, “High-low-aha” and our schtick was all about ideas. We shared a new idea each weekday, never repeating the same idea twice. In fact, our tag line was, “Fall In Love With A New Idea.”

So you can imagine how excited I was to discover the new children's book, What Do You Do With An Idea?, by Kobi Yamada.

I loved it so much, it gave me an idea.

What if, I gave the book to my friend Anna for her birthday and then used it as the inspiration for an Idea Date? The purpose of the date would literally be to grow an idea. On the spot. Just the two of us. Based solely on Anna's Shine.

We started by reading the book.

And then we opened the first envelope which held a card inside reading, “The best ideas start in your heart. What do you love doing?”

Then she brainstormed: Crafts, playing with her friends, and swinging on swings.

Envelope #2: Our idea is even more fun when it uses our talents and strengths. What are you good at? She answered: “Painting, sewing, and reading.”

Envelope #3: Our idea can change the world when it is outwardly focused. Who would you like to share your idea with? The list was long: my teacher, grandma, nana, friend Zail, or Taylor the babysitter.

There were two more envelopes after that, each feeding the idea we were growing that day, each taking us someplace different, and each casting more light on Anna's shine.

In the end, Anna grew an idea that day.

A beautiful idea,

An idea that came from her heart and was based exclusively on her strengths, hobbies, interests, natural talents, and experiences.

I love the idea of an Idea Date. In fact, it's an idea that I might just have to use twice!

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

Posted on 1/27/15 10:00 am by Claudia Beeny in: Home & Crafts,Miscellaneous
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