What did you dream about when you were little? I don’t know about you, but when I was a little girl, I had a VERY vivid imagination. To be honest with you, I don’t know how my elementary school teachers put up with me. I was always the one raising my hand during story time to add my own spin to whatever the story was for that day. I had an amazing ability to embellish the truth “just enough” to make my stories seem plausible, and if anyone dare challenge me, I could give you a thousand reasons why my way of seeing things (even if they were stretched just a bit) made more sense.
But, like most, as I got older, those wide open doors of my imagination were replaced by skepticism after I came across a few hard knocks and learned that the world wasn’t as rose tinted as I once believed it to be (Brick One). Then it started to dawn on me that I might be in the minority when it came to my unbridled optimism. Fear began to creep in. Could I have been wrong all this time? (Brick Two). The “what if’s” were close behind and started playing their broken record of “it ‘ill never happen, Shannon” over and over again in my mind (Brick 3) and for the first time, my 100% certainty of fairytale-like possibilities was replaced by a slow fade into the background of complacency (Brick Four). Before I knew it, I’d built a whole wall. Life was just too hard. Why imagine something greater when the realities of life keep such close company?
I just finished reading a book by Kerry Kirkwood called The Power of Imagination
which really got me thinking. In one of the chapters he said something that caught my attention:
Whatever you enlarge is the very thing that captures your eye and your faith to believe.
What do you think about that statement? Personally, I couldn’t agree more! I’ve seen how imagination (for better or worse) has played out in my own mind over the years, and I am absolutely convinced that our imaginations can work for us or against us because our minds are just that powerful. I have no doubt that if we hover our thoughts in a certain holding pattern long enough, those thoughts will eventually become our reality. I’m a pretty optimistic person, but if I’m really honest with myself, these days my imagination tends to rest more on the unimaginative than the endless possibilities that used to propel me toward my Great Destiny when I was younger.
So, what happens when we stop moving forward?
Oh, and we get older.
Everyone’s dreams are different but they all begin in the same place: the imagination of our minds.
What’s the greatest, most outrageous thing that you can imagine for your life right now? Traveling the world? Moving to another country? Singing on Broadway? Being debt free? Building a stable and loving home for your family? GOD gave us an imagination for a reason, why not use it to our advantage?
Don’t let those brick walls of age, circumstances, or responsibility keep you from living a life filled with good stuff. Break down those walls! It’s not our past that defines us. It’s not where we’ve been that determines our destiny. It’s how we choose to look into our future that shapes our road ahead.
At least, that’s how I see it.
And what do you have to lose by dreaming some? Even if you don’t make it to that final destination in your mind, you’ll have a heck of a lot more fun trying to get there than just sitting on your bottom and doing nothing.
Have an awesome week!
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