The kids’ toy known as Lego is a simple, plastic blob that has been moulded into the shape of a brick in a variety colours. This plastic brick provides hours and hours of entertainment for children all around the world. Each Christmas, millions of kids will open their presents to find a small box of these plastic bricks inside. Some of these kids will be disappointed that they haven’t received the latest video game or a flashy mountain bike or the next big gadget. Except the dreamers, that is.
You see, although Lego may seem like a simple toy to some, it is a powerful gift of knowledge to others. This little piece of coloured plastic isn’t as simple as you might think. For it to work it has to be strong enough to support many other bricks, while at the same time it must be precise enough to grip with just the right amount of pressure so that it can be released at any time. More than fifteen billion of these simple plastic bricks are made every year, but they are made with such precision that only eighteen in every million pieces are considered to be defective. Eighteen in every million! WOW! Now that is precise.
Each piece has to be able to fit the next to provide stability and structure, and if you have seen some of the structures that can be built with Lego you’ll understand what I’m saying here. With just a few pieces, the youngest child can build representations of everyday structures, mainly starting with representations of mum or dad or a house or, for me as a child, a space rocket. I always was a dreamer. There are people around the world who, with time, effort, planning and commitment, are able to build grand structures with so much attention to detail that you forget you’re looking at a child’s toy.
In fact, there is a whole theme park dedicated to this simple building block, and it receives hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Some travel across the world to be in this place amid millions of multi-coloured plastic building blocks. Why? What kind of a geek would travel halfway around the world or commit thousands of hours of their time to play with a child’s toy?
Well, maybe these people understand something that other people don’t. Maybe they have an understanding of life that many of us often miss. Maybe they have found the secret!
You see, if we were all a little more Lego-cultured, maybe, just maybe, we could change ourselves or – even better – we could change the world. Here’s the thing. Let’s say we all became Lego builders of life. Let’s say we took a look at our own simple bricks – in this case our bodies – and tried to be a little bit more precise with them.
The Lego manufacturer manages just eighteen defects in a million. Surely that’s enough to make you think they’ve got to be doing something right, right? If we become more mindful of what goes into our bricks (sorry, bodies), surely the defected output would be lower.
For the most part, we all start life like a piece of Lego. Some of us are standard bricks, while others are smaller or multi-coloured bricks. There are bricks of different shapes and sizes. Some bricks are fancy and detailed, while others – my favourite kind – are just simple bricks.
But they all do something. They’re not all the same shape or colour, and they are not all made in the same place. But they are all Lego. So, with a little imagination, determination, time and effort, coupled with togetherness, we can build vast structures, amazing palaces and the tallest towers.
We can make people gaze in wonder and even travel thousands of miles across the world just to be in our company. With just a little bit of Lego lifestyle, we can become anything we desire to be. Our goals would only be as limited as our imaginations. Working together like Lego, we could right wrongs, build futures, achieve our dreams and support our fellow men and women.
Remember: With just a little bit of Lego lifestyle we could maybe change the world. You can achieve anything you want with just a little bit of Lego lifestyle.