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  • Writer's pictureAngie Carel

Think Outside the Circle: Imagination Activation

A girl standing on a balcony looking at an urban setting with a magnificent, mystical sky
Mia Looking Over Chromotopia

Let me start by telling you a tale: "From Monotonia to Marvelous: Mia's Discovery"

In a land veiled by fog and muted colors stood the city of Monotonia. It was a vast expanse of identical gray buildings, rising like tombstones against a perpetually overcast sky. The citizens, dressed uniformly in shades of ash and charcoal, moved like shadows, their voices seldom rising above a whisper.

Every corner of Monotonia echoed the same eerie silence: The pianos played the same droning note, art galleries showcased endless rows of straight, unbroken lines, and the city's library? Filled with volumes detailing the city's weather—which, predictably, was just

overcast shades of gray.

But the most puzzling aspect of Monotonia was its children. They didn't run or laugh. Playgrounds remained deserted, swings motionless, and seesaws perfectly balanced in a never-ending stalemate.

Then, on an ordinary dreary day, Mia, a light amongst the others, and a particularly curious girl, stumbled upon a something peculiar while rummaging through her grandmother's attic—a book that seemed out of place.

Its cover, unlike anything in Monotonia, was vibrant and shimmered in colors Mia had never seen before. It was titled, "The Activation of Imagination."

As Mia excitedly turned its pages, it was as if Pandora's box had been opened. An explosion of color, sound, and scent enveloped her, transporting her into the tales of the book in the world of Chromatopia. She journeyed through enchanted forests, rode on the back of magical fireflies on endless rainbows, and danced with stars in the midnight sky.

Mia could almost explode! These emotions... joy, delight, elation... where were they coming from? Why were they happening?

The answer: Imagination Activation.

You see... Mia didn't transport into this world of Chromatopia, she imagined it.

Of course, Mia introduced the book to her closest friends, who, with every story, saw their city in a new light. They drew castles in the air, made music with their laughter, and painted murals of their adventures on the dull walls of Monotonia.

The magic was contagious. News of the book reached every ear, and a domino effect began. The once-drab streets became a canvas of imagination: Cafés served Rose Lattes in vibrant cups, cobblestone pathways filled with musicians playing melodies of the past, and buildings walls were painted with works of art.

And the once-muted sky? It erupted in a riot of colors each morning, and evening, as if mother nature herself was were applauding Monotonia's renaissance.

The city, once bound by monotony, became a testament to the power of imagination. It taught its inhabitants a universal truth: Life is not about waiting for the colors to appear; it's about creating them from our minds, and souls.


As children, we all spent time in Chromatopia. It's the place of our earliest memories, where each day was a canvas painted with curiosity, wonder, and unbridled joy. Every new experience was a splash of color, and we reveled in the sheer vibrancy of living. The world was a playground, and imagination, our most prized toy.

However, as we grew older, many of us transitioned to the land of Monochromia. Here, the world is more structured, predictable, and, for many, safer. It's a place where responsibilities loom large, and the vibrancy of our younger days fades into grayscale. Bills, deadlines, societal expectations, and an endless list of 'to-dos' replaced the riot of colors that once was. Our dreams, once vivid and unrestrained, are now hemmed in by the sobering walls of reality.

But why do adults often find themselves trapped in Monochromia?

The answer lies in the rigidity of adult routines and the weight of expectations. As we grow, we're often told to be practical, to fit into molds, and to sideline our fanciful dreams for the sake of stability. The crayons and paintbrushes of Chromatopia are replaced with pens and keyboards of Monochromia. The world demands pragmatism, and over time, our minds adjust, often forgetting the pathways to our once-beloved, colorful realm.

However, it's essential to realize that Monochromia isn't our inevitable destination. It's merely a state of being, and with conscious effort, we can venture back to Chromatopia. We must give ourselves permission to dream, to be whimsical, to indulge in the arts, and most importantly, to play. It could be as simple as dancing in the rain, doodling during a lunch break, or gazing at the stars with childlike wonder.

Remember, Chromatopia isn't a world apart; it's a perspective, a mindset. While adulthood brings its own set of challenges, it shouldn't and doesn't erase the colors within us. They are merely waiting for a moment of recognition, a spark of creativity, or a nudge of encouragement.


The Simple Circle Challenge: Imagination Activation

Circles are everywhere around us; the sun, the moon, a cup of coffee from above. But how often do we see beyond the obvious? Let's activate our imaginative prowess with a fun, two-part activity!

What You Need:

A sheet full of circles to be used in the imagination activation activity
Imagination Activation Worksheet
  • Imagination Activation sheet - it's a grid of circles.

  • Colors, pencils, pens, or any drawing tools you like.

  • Your beautiful brain.

Activity 1: Think Inside the Circles

  1. Print out the sheet with the circle grid.

  2. Fill in the Circles: Look around you. What round objects or symbols can you think of? A sunflower? A soccer ball? A pizza? Maybe even a whimsical pattern? Now, use your drawing tools to fill in each circle with these familiar round objects.

Activity 2: Think Beyond The Circles

  1. Use your second sheet of paper with the 2” circle grid.

  2. Rethink the Circle: This time, don’t just see the circles as individual entities. Imagine them interacting, merging, and becoming parts of bigger things. How can a group of circles transform into something unexpected?

Examples to Spark Your Creativity:

  • Caterpillar's Journey: Visualize the circles as segments of a wriggly caterpillar's body. Maybe the first circle is its smiling face, and the following ones make up its colorful body. Perhaps there's a leaf or an apple on its path?

  • Galaxy of Inter-connected Planets: Maybe each circle is a unique planet with its terrain, features, and adorable aliens?

  • A streaming flow of bubbles?

  • Parts and pieces of a robust flower garden?

The goal is to let your imagination run wild and see the circles in ways you've never seen before.

Once you've completed both activities, place your sheets side by side. The first will show familiar objects and symbols, while the second will showcase the power of your imagination to reinterpret and reshape.

The human mind's capacity to imagine is one of our most remarkable abilities, granting us the power to envision, innovate, and create. From the drab grayscale of Monotonia to the vivid vibrancy brought forth by imagination, we're reminded that the world is as wondrous as we allow it to be. Through exercises like the Circle Challenge, we learn to rekindle our innate creativity, breaking free from the mundane and venturing into realms of endless possibilities. It is in these realms, sculpted by our imaginative spirits, where magic truly happens. So, next time you find yourself in a monochromatic moment, remember Mia, the circles, and the colorful spectrum of your mind. Dare to imagine, for it's within these dreams that our brightest realities are born.


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