Trailing in halfway through my month of seeing life through the eyes of a child blog series, Seeing Life with Imagination, and The Best Day Ever, I began to think it was impossible to stay on top of this way of thinking. But, much to my surprise, I am very much aware of it now and am beginning to spot the new attitude.
This is how it happened today. It is Sunday, the birds are singing, the ground is damp from the rains we had overnight, the sun is finally peeking out – the fog burned off. There is promise of so much. Promise of green growing things. Promise from the sound of live tiny creatures – the songs of birds. I am reminded once again of being a child. I am taken back to my grandparent’s expansive yard. I am walking through the rows of the garden, with plants trellised much taller than myself. I am walking between the apple and pear trees. Like a beautiful mansion with no ceiling to stop the view. I can hear the bees buzzing, the birds singing, and I can see the grasshoppers jumping. The sun is sheer warmth on my shoulders.
I then find myself at grandmother’s flower garden. It isn’t so tall, so large, that it allows me to walk through and pretend that I am the master gardener, creating the beauty of nature and green growing things from my own hard work. There is no maze to wander through. No, the flower garden becomes my palate. I can grow those flowers, painting an intricate design in my eyes with the colors, and with beauty that touches my soul through my nose.
Hours upon hours I am the master of the gardens. I am at peace. I am in the land of the giants, of nature alone.
Now, how do we hold onto that child-like thought while sitting at our desks on Monday morning sorting through the pile of paper? Or while checking in with the screen filled with technical challenges?
You become what you want to be. I am a strong believer in you are what you think. 30, 40, or 50 years ago, would you have imagined having thousands of contacts at your fingertips at one very moment? Seriously, I write a blog post, 150 people read it tonight. I do not know who many of my readers are, but they obviously enjoy reading. I keep writing because they are reading. See? I post a Tweet that could potentially reach 1700 followers, and then when retweeted, 25,000 more (or more). I am not just affecting my own moment, my own life, I am affecting many, many more. So, when life becomes overwhelming, boring, intimidating, frustrating, you (I) can (and should) become the owner of what we are doing. We are the Queen (or King) of our desk, our office, our studio. We have so much to give, so much we can do with imagination. We are the master gardeners at whatever we do. We are writers because we think we are. We are weavers because we think we are.
It isn’t about what we think we can or cannot do for the world, it is about what we are that is unique (and that includes our imagination, because each one is unique). Our value is about what we teach. You are the teacher. Believe. And share.
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