Creativity is an area I feel I can build, grow and expand in. I don’t think that I’m horrible, but I don’t think I create stuff like I should. So I’m reading a book on nurturing the creative mind. An activity in the book is asking “what if”. The more ridiculous the better. I sat down for 24 hours and came up with 200 What if scenarios. I have more, but I stopped myself at 24 hours. I then sorted out the absolute insane time travel, flying and invisible ones. Leaving only the ones that could, maybe possibly happen. Then I threw out the ones that were only about me. I was left with those that dealt with a large group of people, my neighborhood, my family. Then I excluded all the ones that I needed A LOT of help to do. Then I said “Stop”. I went back and put them all back in the list. Here’s my little list of my favorite what if questions. I may go back and ask some follow up questions since each of them requires probably 4-5 follow ups.

- What if we moved out of state?
- What if we moved out of the country?
- What if I could meet with a mentor for 1 hour a week?
- What if we had four kids?
- What if every house in my neighborhood had a garden?
- What if we all had solar panels on our houses?
- What if I get all the really low students this year?
- What if I get all the really well behaved students this year?
- What if we read a book in order to be able to watch TV?
- What if we worked 4 10 hours days?
- What if we all took off for the Sabbath?
- What if we could record our dreams?
- What if the Church was persecuted globally, right now?
- What if no one tithed?
- What if everyone did 3 missions trips by the time they were out of college or turned 25?
- What if every HS student had work experience in 3-4 different areas?
- What if my entire community composted and recycled?
- What if we were paid $50 for every lbs of fat lost and $10 for every year we maintained?
- What if Christians were 100% confident Christ was with them, right now?
- What if Christians were as passionate against sin as they were politics?
- What if everyone saved 10% of their income for 5 years?
- What if I get 100% parent involvement this year?
- What if I have a class of all girls this year?
- What if I have a class of all boys this year?
- What if every time you needed, you could call up a duplicate of yourself to do 60 minutes of work?
- What if it were harder to get into college?
- What if college was cheaper?
- What if it were possible to communicate with other creatures?
- What if we all rode bikes?
- What if we were paid for the books we read?
- What if we jettisoned our trash to the Sun?
- What if we buried our trash deep in the earth?
- What if I don’t get any supplies this year?
- What if I have ZERO parent participation this year?
- What if we created a ship to filter trash from the sea?
- What if I did 12 30 day challenges?
- What if my family/Small Group didn’t have any debt?
- What if my family(s) moved closer/further?
- What if I taught in an all white school?
- What if you had to get a license to have kids?
- What teachers were able to take off for a year, do another job/career and come back and explain how that year made them better teachers?
- What if I have NO support this school year?
- What if we did job swaps?
- What if food trucks over took brick and mortar establishments?
- What if food trucks did neighborhood deliveries?
- What if all abandoned/empty properties were torn down after 2 years of being unoccupied?
- What if everyone brought their lunch/homecooked for 30 days?
- What if every family in my community created and lived on a zero based budget?
- What if I could carpool whenever I wanted to?
- What if I rode a cab to work everyday?
- What if healthy, good food was cheaper than processed food?
- What if certain companies got a tax break to help a city stay neat, clean and orderly?
- What if Marietta City set a goal to save $ rather than spend?
- What if woke up 1 hour earlier everyday and worked out?
- What if we looked for leaders who served rather than those who wanted to be served?
- What if I went and met all my social media “friends”?
- What if no one wanted credit for the good done in the world?
- What if the next 5 years were all we had left?
- What if we saw ourselves as God does?
- What if we were all able to live to our 200s?
- What if churches collected membership dues rather than offerings?
- What if my neighborhood saw a 25% increave/decrease in income?
- What if we could really multitask?
- What if teachers were paid by the hour?
- What if we all spoke 3 languages from birth?
- What if we could travel back in time only once?
- What if we could write our futures?
- What if Christians became passionate about sharing the Gospel?
- What if half the human raced lived in space or on the moon?
- What if we could create hydro electric power AND not disturb the environment?
- What if we could create an engine to propel a space craft at light speed?
- What if were possible to transform a desert?
- What if we could make ourselves faster, thinner, prettier with a pill?
- What if we stopped trying to do the last one?
- What if…SELF DRIVING CARS!?
- What if politicians got paid nothing?
- What if we knew when we would die?
- What if we got paid for our mistakes?
- What if we NEVER forgot?
- What if all schools went online?
- What if we had a set % of success and it increased the amount of times we tried?
- What if we could communicate with our younger and older selves?
- What if we had a regular Bible study for a month?
- What if we had to solve a problem before we could complain about one?
- What if we didn’t have any regrets?
- What if I found 6 non-crossfitters to agree to CF for 6 months with me?
- What if all the businesses in Cobb county adopted one homeless person and gave them a job for 1 year?
- What if my blog started getting 10k reads a day?
- What if I didn’t send home any homework this year?
- What if my students did 7 major projects in class and out that were worth their entire grade?
- What if my small group became a house church?
- What if we had to be quiet and think for at least 30 minutes but no more than 1 hour a day?

I got some great ideas from this exercise. I know some are whack-a-doodle, but some aren’t that bad. What are your thoughts? Do you have any crazy what if questions to add? Mind you I didn’t include all 200, but I’d like to see/read yours if you have any good ones. Even those not so good ones will be appreciated.

School starts back in 15 days and I have to say that I’m mentally ready. Now I just have to find where my dry cleaning ticket is.