I’m not ashamed to admit it…well maybe a little bit. Here goes! When I was little girl I had an imaginary friend named Jack. At least that’s what I was told. I don’t remember Jack. I don’t remember what he looked like or how he came about, but I do remember my Godmother, Shirley Paige, telling me stories of my childhood with Jack. While my mom was at work “Big Ma” was my babysitter and while at her house she said I would run to the window and carry-on full conversations with Jack! True story. Now don’t laugh. I mean it, don’t laugh. According to her, I played with him outside, took field trips, and would even talk to her about our adventures. She never once told me to stop. She didn’t force me to accept that Jack wasn’t real. She dreamed with me and together we built a playground called Imagination.
Now as embarrassing as this story is, I think it alludes to the fact that to this day my imagination has been one of the most powerful tools I use as a dreamer. As a child I wasn’t limited to the existence of something being tangible. My imagination was free and I could interact with characters I created as if they were real. That doesn’t make me special because all kids do it, but what happens to us as adults? We realize that we are in a tangible world with real problems and eventually our imagination becomes dull, even inactive. We base our lives on facts, numbers, statistics, the past, or science – anything we can grab that has a measure of absoluteness to it. Now, I’m not saying that we should forgo all of the tangible measures we use in our lives. What I am saying is that much is lost when we neglect our imagination. It’s the playground dreams. We all have seen things in our mind that we wish existed in real life. Maybe you’ve replayed a situation in your mind over and over again with different outcomes. Or have you ever done this? Create a situation in your mind of a future occurrence and then played it over and over predicting all of the possible ways you could encounter this situation. Come on you know you’ve done it! Even if you haven’t, your imagination is powerful and if you’re going to be a dreamer, which all of us are inevitably, you’re going to need your imagination.
Take today and imagine what you want your world to look like. Dreamers must use their imagination constantly to make sure we don’t lose its power. The power to look beyond what we see. No matter what reality looks like, this day belongs to the dreamers. Imagine with me. Take the limits off. Silence your fears, and dream. I want to dedicate this to my God-Mom, Shirley Paige, who always let me imagine, and imagined with me. Thanks for helping me become the dreamer I am today. Who pushes you? Give thanks for the people in your life who imagine with you and push you to keep dreaming.
So….Who Imagines With You?? Tag em’. This day belongs to The Dreamers!