Remember when we were kids and cloud watching was a fun past time? I was reminded of that sweet game of perception by a friend of mine during a recent trip. We were driving along, catching up on old times, and every now and then she punctuated her comments with “there’s a dinosaur” or “there’s a mouse”! I laughed as I played along.
Since our trip I’ve been thinking a lot about this lost art and wondering if this kind of fun could translate into a useful adult exercise. As children we could “see” all sorts of things in cloud shapes, some really amazing and some pretty funny. Could I infuse some fun and rest in my day just watching the clouds pass by? When I pondered the skills that might be put to use in cloud watching, a couple of things come to mind. For one, it takes some imagination to name cloud shapes; a skill that translates to creativity and invention, helping the mind formulate new ideas. Also, studying clouds can be a relaxing task similar to meditation, helping to balance and refresh the mind and soul.
I’ve been looking for a fresh way to stir creativity in my life. I think I may have found just the thing! How about trying some cloud watching today?