Doodling for Inspiration
Updated: Sep 19, 2019
Doodling is a great opportunity to let your imagination go out and about. It is a moment of contemplation and mindfulness. A moment in which you and your pen & paper are just one.
I started doodling at a very early age. I must have been 5 or 6 years old the first time I picked up a pencil and began scribbling it against a sheet of paper. The feeling was liberating. So liberating that it has stuck with me for decades until the present day.
As author Daniel Pink once wrote "Contrary to popular opinion, doodling is a serious endeavor… applying visual language allows you to see new dimensions of a problem -- and at times, new aspects of yourself. So get out your writing sticks and prepare to doodle!"
I couldn't agree more with the above statement. After all, we are visual creatures. We began drawing on the walls of caves as early as 40,000 B.C. Back then, we used to record images with the purpose of registering important events that happened within the clan. Images conveyed the magnitude and sense of awe as our ancestors faced predators like wild cats and other objects that inflicted a sense of fascination or fear.
Today, we still rely on the power of images to convey ideas and concepts. We also use images to tell a story. This, perhaps, is one of the main reasons why we continue to place pencil against paper to draw.
Finally, whether we think about it or not, many times when we want to get a point across we end up picking up a piece of paper and a pencil to draw something like an instruction, a process, or even to communicate how we are feeling.