While I was out shopping over the weekend, I came upon a display of coloring books — for adults.  I thought it was a gimmick at the craft store, but then I found them at two other places.  Apparently this is the new “hot item.”

I can see where these would catch on.  There has always been something simultaneously relaxing and rewarding about coloring — you can see the progress as you fill in each space.  It allows for creative expression — especially the adult versions that have no standards or expectations of what it “should” look like.

I am not sure what adults would use as their medium — certainly the spaces are far too small for crayons.  They just call out for Sharpies, but I was surprised that the pages are printed back to back and would make bleed through an issue.  Maybe colored pencils will make a comeback too?

I was mostly disappointed to see that the pages are tightly bound, and there are no perforations.  Are adults beyond tearing theirs out and posting them on the refrigerator to enjoy both the artwork and the compliments that follow?  I don’t think so!  

The next time you need to de-stress or slow down the hectic pace of life, consider picking up a coloring book.  In this high tech world, a little low tech relaxation may be just what is needed to help you color your world happy.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.


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