Saturday, April 11, 2015

I is For Imagination


When you wake up each morning, does it feel like you have a blank slate for a brand new day, or does it feel like Ground Hog Day, a rerun of yesterday?  Does it feel like you have no control, that your day is already completely scripted by someone other than you, and you will simply go through the motions until night time?  Feed the baby, clean the kitchen, go to work, fight the traffic, pick up the laundry, pop by the dentist, return the library books, take out the trash, return the movies, and on and on and on.  Whew!

Come with me for a moment and let's use our power of imagination to take a day already defined by work and chores, and transform it.  Sounds good, huh?  As grateful as we all are to have a job these days, it's still likely and normal to wish for a 'free day'.  Not very realistic day-in and day-out, so let's just decide to imagine what we can in a different way.

There is a reason Cruise Carnival named one of their cruise lines, "Imagination".  "It's all you've ever imagined."  They've imagined it all for you....and made it come true.   But we can't vacation every day and we surely are not going to settle for only 5-6 glorious days a year.....so why not use the power of your imagination to create everyday as you want it to be.  The same tasks and to-do lists lay before you.  Can't get around that.  But just what-if you did them all, checked them off even, with a new mindset?  Just what-if your imagination made your mundane days more like your dream days.  For you that might be a work day that's just more fun.  Or it might be a day when you feel powerful enough to take on any challenges that come your way. 

Rather than viewing it all as repetitive, something to endure, work through, or tackle, imagine your day full of possibilities and joy. Imagine you enjoying your next job interview.  Imagine you in your next staff meeting cooperating, supporting, and respecting the others in the meeting.  Imagine you happy to create just what your client wants.  Imagine you having a sweet connection with a friend, even if it's only a PB and J on the back porch, a text, or a phone call.  Imagine you taking 5 glorious minutes somewhere in your day to reflect, think, pray, be quiet.

The power of the mind is a powerful thing. Duh.  We use our imagination to worry about things that may never happen.  We all do it from time to time.  Well, why not use our imagination to envision good things for our self and our family?  You might say, "It won't make any difference."  So?  Try it anyway.  There's no better habit than to train your mind to reach for possibilities, rather than to succumb to dread, stress, and boredom.  You just might be surprised what happens.

Take a week and consciously use your power of imagination to "see", in your mind's eye, that which brings you joy...the things you want...the way you want your daily life to work out.  Be prepared for your self-talk to resist, and just continue bringing yourself back to the vision you want to create.  Put a little twist on the regular old boring stuff.  See it differently.  Notice the emphasis here is on you.  Not in a selfish way, but just the opposite.  Until we are happy within, we have no happiness to share with others.  It's an interesting exercise to learn more about ourselves, the way we think, and what we expect.

The whole world of imagination is at your fingertips.  Be grateful for this freedom and use it.

What will you choose to imagine today?

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