IMAGINATION, REALITY, AND GETTING YOUR PERSONAL ROCKET OFF THE LAUNCH PAD

Just Imagine


I’m sometimes slightly hazy about the rough parts of what happened in my life. It isn’t that I have no grip on reality. More that time has a way of softening the edges of hardest truths and making them less edgy.

I seem to have imagined away a lot of the worst stuff. These days, it’s more dreamy. Less like the haunted awfulness of youth. Some of the really bad stuff I worked through. Writing my book was unquestionably one of the major ways I worked through it. It seems I’m better at settling my emotional hash writing about it than talking about it.

Even the people I once hated … I don’t hate them anymore. I don’t like them, either, but they are just people now. I have a distaste for them and I certainly am not going to have a party and invite them round for cookies and tea … but the edge of rage and obsession is gone.

That’s imagination. The ability to see myself as having come from a bad place to a better place. A kind of Christian forgiving, where I recognize it isn’t my job to fix the ugliness of my world. What remains is for some higher power to take on — and good luck to him, her, or them.


Imagination made it possible for me to survive growing up, to try unknown things without dwelling on what might happen if I got it wrong. To believe that things that looked bad might not stay that way and the worst might get better if I stuck around.


Imagination is not merely making up stories. Imagination is the fuel of hope. It’s the big engine under your personal rocket lifting into the sky.



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31 replies

  1. I love the last line of your post and also the by-line of your blog header.

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  2. I think my imagination is more the fuel for a raging wildfire of weirdness. I got way too much practice using my imagination, and I think it shows…

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  3. I love that, “imagination is the fuel of hope”…it is indeed!

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  4. Imagination is the fuel of hope…. perfect.

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  5. And we must thank God for it. Imagination, along with hope, are perhaps the best of things. I love your words on the subject.

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  6. It’s just like the moon in your photo. Beautiful, and it looks almost full but a little squished on the left side.
    Leslie

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  7. Imagination was my bridge, too. โค

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  8. And you can imagine all sorts of things. I love my imagination.

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