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365 Ways to Start Over: Day #6 – What Is the Box of Crayons in Your Life?

Remember when you were little and summer was coming to a close, swimming pools were shutting down and everyone was getting ready to go back to school? You were sad to say goodbye to your pool friends, melancholy about losing the liberty of playing in nearby parks and hanging out on neighbor’s porches, and contemplative as you listened to crickets usher in the fall. What would school be like this year? Who would you sit next to at lunch? Who would be your homeroom teacher? Lots of new things were on the horizon. But was there anything about going back to school that was as awesome as a brand new box of Crayola Crayons?

Remember the big box with the sharpener on the back? Remember the smell when you opened it? Remember how cool it was to organize them by color or to just spill them in a vibrant waterfall over the table? Remember how your favorite colors always got used up first: Aquamarine, Burnt Orange, Caribbean Green, Canary, Chestnut, Goldenrod, Mountain Meadow, Mulberry, Sepia, Sky Blue, Forest Green.

Crayons invite you through a door of promise. They call you to create a canvas of imagination by giving you the soft pliable touch of an art instrument coupled with a palate of freedom. They wave you to open ended possibilities in a sea of soft hues.

What is the box of crayons in your life? What excites you to the point that you shed the melancholy of the past and reach for the opportunities to shade your world a new tone? Maybe you don’t yet know what your masterpiece will look like. Maybe you try a few colors and switch to a few more. Ever wonder why nobody invented an eraser for the end of crayons? Practicing your masterpiece is part of getting it right. There’s a lot of paper in the world. You just start over.

Mary Lee Gannon is the president of Gannon Group – a full service executive coaching, training and consulting firm that provides productivity strategies for people and organizations by improving team performance, executive leadership skills, board performance, planning and project execution. Mary Lee’s personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother, with four children under seven-years-old, who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where within a short time she worked up to the level of CEO. Her book “Starting Over – 25 Rules for When You’ve Bottomed Out” is available in bookstores or at Amazon. Get her FREE ebook – “Grow Productivity – A Leader’s Toolbox” on her web site at www.StartingOverNow.com.