Mo Willems gifts us with his thoughts on creativity and joy.

Artist, children’s author, and the Kennedy Center’s first Education Artist in Residence Mo Willems offers us something transformative — the inspiration to go get a “…shame-ectomy so we can start yelling and screaming and jumping up and down….” just like young children do.

I remember how my toddler son laughed as he ran around the back yard yelling “Aaah-aah-aah,” at the top of his lungs. He was having such a grand time! One afternoon, neighbors and self-consciousness be damned, I wanted to find out what it felt like to run and yell like that.

I ran behind my son, imitating him, looking up toward the sky, holding my arms out as wide as I could, aaah-aaah-aaahing with all my might. An immediate joyful, loving expansiveness replaced all else in my consciousness. My son had just gifted me with a shame-ectomy, and it was wonderful!

May your holidays and the year to come be a time of love, joy and creativity. 


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