Imagination is a wonderful thing. It can take you lovely places. It can relax you. It can take you from boredom and inertia to the desire to move and do something you enjoy. It can help you see what needs to be done and how to accomplish it. It can help you make life better not just for yourself but for others, too.
Sadly, I have known people who imagined awful things were going to happen. There are people in my life today who imagine frightening things that could happen. There was a time I was one of those people.
I am happy to say I left the ranks of the doom and gloom army years ago. Oh, there are times that my imagination goes to the ugly, but I recognize the waste of time pursuing those thoughts. Not only is it a waste of time; it is dangerous. It can make you miserable. It can cause depression and even physical ailments. It can bring harm to others.
I don’t know if I agree with Pablo. I guess, like everything in life, imagination sometimes needs to be reined in and put in perspective in order to do the ordinary things of everyday. We just need to remember it’s meant to be a healthy and happy productive time.
The weather is the weather. You have to deal with whatever is out there. Matt Cassel
Yesterday it rained all day. Not a nasty kind of rain, a nice rain. It was cool, but with no wind, just lots of low grey clouds and rain. It was a good day for looking out the window and daydreaming. I didn’t complain about the weather. Really, what good would that do other than to make me cranky?
And for some unknown reason it made me want to get something off my to-do list. So, that’s what I did. I went through piles of papers that needed to be sorted. Some papers were trash and to the trash they went. But there were a lot of papers that need to be kept and they got filed. I really don’t know why most of them must be kept, but I have been told to keep them and so I do. Anyway, that meant the files needed to be sorted through. And I did it! The “clean up papers and files” on the to-do list is done and scratched off. You know that feels good!
But back to the weather. Weather is what it is. No point in complaining about it. Last summer I complained everyday about the heat and humidity. Did it change anything? No. Well, it did change my usual easy going happy self into someone I didn’t like. Most of the summer was miserable, not because of the weather but because of my attitude. So, I have decided that like my files, my attitude will be clean and neat, with the worthless thrown out and the needed stuff kept. I may need a reminder of this in July and August.
If I write negatively, someone should send a comment reminding me of what I have written today.
Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will change. Wayne Dyer
When I look at something and accept it without thought then it is just what it is. Nothing more, nothing less, it just is. Most of the time that is how I go about my days not really seeing what is front of me. But sometimes I will stop and look at something and give it some thought. When this happens I am often surprised.
I am surprised because what I see becomes more than just an object. It becomes more interesting. I want to look deeper and learn about it. This is true of not just objects, but also about people and other living things, about ideas and opinions, about dreams and even nightmares.
When I look closer and see more than the surface of what’s in front of me, I begin to notice details and nuances that I missed with just a glance. Often what was common and ordinary, becomes different, interesting, more valuable. My world opens up to new thoughts and perspectives, new vistas and possibilities.
It takes some effort to change how we look at things but it is worth the effort.
Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun. Miguel Angel Ruiz
Well, it still is Thursday, but not for long. I have been trying to get this written all day and now I am determined to see it through to the finish! So, here goes.
The day started out as usual. I got up late. I would have gotten up even later but Teddy insists on having breakfast before nine am. Then as usual I read the paper and did the puzzles and had something to eat. Isn’t this just too interesting? Anyway…
I got dressed and thought I would write today’s post. I thought for a while and came up with nothing So, I took a walk. While walking I started complaining. About what you ask? There was nothing making me happy, every little thing was worthy of a complaint. It was too windy, which was strange because I like windy days. It was not just too hot, but humid and muggy. Seems Spring is giving in to Summer already. The pollen was bad and I started coughing and sneezing. I hate that. I couldn’t find a station on Pandora that I wanted to listen to, the neighborhood scenery was boring. I think you get the picture.
When I came home I turned the laptop on and got lost in the internet waste land. Took around an hour to find my way back to the real world. Time for lunch. Had a grilled cheese sandwich. While eating I complained about wasting time wandering the ‘net and about how boring my sandwich was and that the iced tea was weak. Ok, moving on.
After lunch I gave some thought to cleaning. That didn’t make me happy so I decided to read a couple of chapters of the book I started last night. Then I took a nap. The phone woke me up. It was one of those recorded messages trying to get me to list my condo for sale. Not gonna happen!
Supper time. I watch Netflix when I have supper. Right now I am watching the Sherlock series. It’s pretty good but I did complain that I have a hard time hearing the TV and Sherlock talks way too fast! Then I did the dishes. I can’t stand having a messy kitchen. Oh, by the way my dishwasher isn’t working…something else to complain about.
And now I am here. When looking for a quote for inspiration I found the one at the top above the cat picture. It sure made me stop and consider my day. What a silly way to spend the day! Complaining about every little thing. I have nothing real or of any consequence to blabber about. I have a good life. A happy life. A life filled with love and joy and freedom. I was such an ungrateful brat all day. I promise that is not my usual self. Obviously, I had an off day that needs to be put in the trash can of regret for being a….well you know what.
So there you have it my Thursday thoughts. I will try to do better with my Monday musings. Tomorrow will be wonderful!
I try to maintain a healthy dose of daydreaming, to remain sane. Florence Welch
I can’t imagine life without daydreaming. I guess there are people who think it’s just a way to waste time, but I don’t think it is time wasted. It is an important activity to keep one levelheaded and happy.
I daydream quite often. Usually a few times a day. Sometimes it leads to doing something constructive. Sometimes it solves a problem that seemed impossible to work out. Sometimes it gives me something to ponder and wonder about. Daydreaming always relieves stress and relaxes me. It never disappoints!
I don’t often give advice, but here is some…daydream today! Don’t worry, anything important on your to-do list will get done. A good daydream will make your day better then it would be without that time out to just be alone with yourself. Oh, and as far as I know there are no bad daydreams. Those would be a nightmare while you are awake (a daymare?) and I have never had one of those, and like I said I daydream quite often. So, go for it!
To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Victoria Moran
Sometimes friendship becomes something deeper. It is a rare gift when this happens. These friendships become a safe place, a haven, a home of the heart. A place where acceptance is normal even when situations and circumstances are not. These friends listen and offer their thoughts and insights without judgment. They will laugh and cry, be serious or silly, offer advise or remain quiet, whatever you need is what they give you.
These friendships are rare and I am blessed with more than one. These friends have been with me in good and bad times. They have supported me and given me strength with their love and wisdom. It is a wonder and joy to know them. They are my family. They are my soul-sisters.