Being from one of the Scandinavian countries, it comes as no surprise that I grew up playing with Lego as a kid. Although it may be more common for boys to play with, I always had fun using it to play with my twin sister. I also visited Legoland in Denmark when I was 5 years old, and I still remember quite well the excitement of being there, and riding the roller coasters made out of Lego.
Yesterday, I had the chance to play with Lego again, this time in a little different way from when I was a kid. My husband has a friend who facilitates Lego Serious Play for adults, and he gave us an introduction to, or let us play with Lego, for 2 hours. It was just as fun as when I was a kid, and it also helped me to see the importance of using your hands to help express what you are thinking. I already knew that writing down what you think in a journal or on a blog like this is helpful to realize the things you are thinking about, but it was the first time to experience something like this. Lego Serious Play is usually used in businesses to help facilitate communication within a team, to realize new opportunities, and to stimulate more creativity and understanding of each others’ viewpoints.
For example, the first thing I had to do was to to see how many versions of a duck I could make using a limited amount of blocks. I first had to draw the different versions on a piece of paper, and then I had to build them. I had 2 minutes to finish the drawing, and 2 minutes to finish the building. With the drawing, I could only come up with 2 different ducks, but when I had to build, I could make 4 different ones. This is just to show that when we can use our hands, and not just our brains, we are usually more creative and can come up with more solutions. I thought this was really interesting.
The second task was to build a tower using any of the many blocks I had available. The time limit was about 5 minutes. It was funny to see how different my interpretation of it turned out to be from my husband’s. We all have our ways of looking at things, depending on how we were brought up, and the experiences we have had through life. This have shown itself many times throughout my intercultural marriage. It can both be frustrating at times, but also very valuable as it helps you to see situations in ways that you would have never come up with yourself. Now, in relation to the bodywork and fitness field, we all have our backgrounds and beliefs about our own bodies and what we can do. It sometimes takes somebody else’s help and guidance to realize how much you are capable of, and to start moving towards the direction you want to go. This was certainly true for myself, as I had doubts about my ability to become flexible. By getting ideas and viewpoints from others with a different background from yours, you sometimes end up seeing things in a totally new way, and new doors can open up.