How Befriending Dragons Awakens Your Creativity

The Coast of Honalee (perhaps). Photography by Bradford Chase

Creativity is an esoteric mistress.

I shot the picture above on the beach in the sunny seaside village of Honalee, at least how I believe Honalee might be.

You need to understand; this magical town changes with each person who imagines it.

For those younger than 30yrs old; perhaps you missed out on a secret that might hold you back from true greatness; especially if you’re not familiar with Honalee or its most famous resident.

He is a dragon named Puff, and he’s magic. Those of us with a few more years of life experience remember him from a childhood tune.

Puff can awaken imagination and creativity beyond belief.

Just as a matter of housekeeping, for those who might want to take this in a different direction or who might get sidetracked by a misnomer regarding Puff as a drug reference. Flat out: You’re wrong. That was never his style or intention. Puff is all about fun, in the childlike sense that also works for some of us as adults.

Now back to learning about wandering imagination.

Puff has the power to take everyday ordinary people and make them extraordinary.

He can do the same thing with typical items found lying around the house, especially strings, sealing wax and any other fancy stuff.

He does wonders with business plans and stalled careers that need a jump start too.

His favorite pastime is frolicking in the autumn mist although I have it on good authority he enjoys the beach in the spring and summer as well.
Possessing additional talents; I have seen his powers make a mandatory employee meeting go by quicker. Quite a feat all by itself.

Sadly, even for those of us who knew Puff well as children, we move on to what we consider more important things as we get older (although there are some of us who work in that grey area while living by the motto; “You’re only young once, but you can be immature your entire life…”).

We stop honing our Puff-like skills that brings out extraordinary ideas.

The creativity he exudes allow us to take boring meetings and make them pointed, relevant, and at least somewhat enjoyable. Puff doesn’t follow the crowd and hearing, “that’s how we always do it” makes him breathe fire.

While growing older, we forget there are lessons and skills we learned as children which become assets to us in our years of greater wisdom.
We lose track of personality traits allowing us a unique vision of what the future might hold if we push the boundaries a bit more.

In the meantime, we leave Puff alone in Honalee.

Word on the street is loneliness makes Puff sad and un-dragonlike. When apart, we both lose the fabulous power we have when working together. There’s something magical about the synergistic relationship possible with a dragon named Puff.

When faced with a challenge needing our creativity, we need Puff by our side.
Remember when the only thing holding us back from doing great things was the limits of our imagination, and our imagination was so vast we believed just about anything was possible?

Think about the times with Puff and his magic dragon personality. Little things like string and paper transformed into admired works of art and tools for greatness.

Puff was our mentor, and we were quite a team.

While walking with a dragon, noble kings and princes would bow when we came by and Pirate ships would lower their flag when Puff roared out his name. What raw and tremendous power we conveyed together.

Is all this talk about a childhood song making you feel a bit silly? It shouldn’t, because the message is hiding in plain sight.

What can we accomplish we allow ourselves to reengage our imagination and set our sights on even a fraction of ideas considered “lofty goals” by those around us?

Maybe not even lofty goals, but just a few minutes of real daydreaming to bump up our creative side a little more.

Why do we limit ourselves by a society telling us we need to act like adults?
I think there is a middle ground out there somewhere, and Puff is waiting there for us to come back by and pay a visit.

Now and then when things get boring and life seems to be all too predictable, I recommend booking a trip to Honalee for a few days and visit with that rascal Puff. I guarantee you won’t regret the time spent and you will always return refreshed and ready for whatever comes next.

For those who need a refresher:

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honahlee
Little Jackie paper loved that rascal puff
And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff oh
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honahlee
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honahlee
Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail
Jackie kept a lookout perched on puff’s gigantic tail
Noble kings and princes would bow whene’er they came
Pirate ships would lower their flag when puff roared out his name oh
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honahlee
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honahlee
A dragon lives forever but not so little boys
Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys
One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more
And puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar
His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain
Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane
Without his life-long friend, puff could not be brave
So Puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave oh
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honahlee
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honahlee
Songwriters: Leonard Lipton / Peter Yarrow
Puff (The Magic Dragon) lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

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