I went to Barnes and Noble the other day and came across this children’s book, What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada.
I thought it was newly published, but later found out that it came out in February of 2014. So you may have already heard of this lovely story.
Kris and I read through the book together and it melted my heart.
It’s about a child who comes up with an idea and doesn’t know what it is or understands what to do with it.
The child says that he keeps it to himself because he’s afraid of what other people might think. Yet, the idea stays with him and won’t go away.
The idea looks like an egg and it’s the only object on the page that is colored. Everything else is black and white. The idea grows with the child as he gets older constantly following him around.
It isn’t until the child finds some confidence in himself and in the idea that the rest of the illustrations are filled with color showing what a wonderful thing an idea is.
This book has such a powerful message that I believe everyone needs to learn. As a preschool teacher and babysitter of various ages, it’s important to encourage our children to be creative, speak their opinions, and do what they believe is right.
As a writer, it’s important to roll with the ideas we think of and be creative with our thoughts. Writing is a risky business and not everyone may not like your ideas, but there will be people out there who will love your ideas and support you and your ideas.
A new year is going to begin soon. Next year will be all about you. Spread those ideas around, do what makes you happy, do what you believe is right.
Some ideas may not work out, but that’s okay. The worst kind of failure is not trying at all.