The Canvas of my Dreams
not limited it seems.
Being free to wander
freer still to squander,
fantasies fulsome Gleans.
Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend,
How many times in your life have you heard someone say derisively, “you dreamer, you” or “get your head out of the clouds, stop dreaming”.
I’m thinking the most important thing to remember is the DOERS in life all had a dream before they had either a plan or began “doing” for themselves. They dreamt about what they wanted to accomplish and then made it happen; someway, somehow. You need look no further than the hundreds of thousands of quotes by leaders, scientists, philosophers, artists and so on. They had the dream first!
Helen Keller comes to mind. Here was a woman, who as a small child, became ill and was struck deaf, blind, and dumb. An unteachable wild child living in emptiness and darkness. But one person, Ann Sullivan, had a dream. Ann dreamed and believed she could help Helen learn to communicate – and she did.
She taught an unteachable child to communicate, and the child learned. And from there, the child developed a dream of her own. To become educated and make a difference in life, and she did. She became well educated and went on to live a happy and purpose filled life. The odds were completely against both of them and it was hard, really hard. But they believed their dreams and pursued until the dreams became reality.
There are so many, many excellent examples of people who had a dream and went on to do great things that they are legend, just two amazing examples are Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. No need to discuss what they accomplished, you already know.
So the next time you hear someone call you a dreamer, dismiss it. After all, you’re too busy dreaming and imagining your future and what you will achieve.
When you’re a child everything is new. Everything. And sparkling eyes look out at the world with wonder. It’s a new place filled with mystery and adventure and magic. Especially magic. All new and wonderful!
And then we grow up and life gets more serious; for some, sooner than for others, wonderment begins to fade until it does seem like there’s nothing new under the sun. But this isn’t true, not really.
Each day you awaken to a NEW day and a new you. And each thought you have (while others may have had it also) it’s a new thought for you. In this new year, how about bringing back some of the magic and wonder into your life? Throw out cynicism and lack of faith. Begin by believing in yourself and what you can do to improve things.
It is a new year and a new day. How about this new you waiting inside? How about a new attitude ~ One filled with gratitude, joy, laughter, lots of love and lots and lots of creativity and magic (those two go together)! Come on, you can do it.
Lets make it happen,
Have you been flexing your imagination lately?
Your mind needs nutrition from many types of sources. One is experience, you know the “hands on” learning type of thing. Another is from performing daily responsibilities in life. And ideally your experience and responsibilities learn to coexist in a comfortable relationship as you become wiser through the doing.
Of course, as we know life isn’t quite that simplistic. We fall down and often no one is around to kiss our “boo-boo’s” to make us feel all better.
This is where imagination comes in, belonging right there in the mix of hopes, dreams and wishes. We need imagination as a form of mental nutrition/stimulation too. (Some of our past and present geniuses ‘genii’ have often referred to imagination as being exceedingly beneficial in their own works.)
Our imagination allows us to be free from within and often its liberating on the outside too.
So use your imagination, I recommend at least one teaspoon of “magic potion” (your imagination) a day for optimal health!
Have fun dreaming! In your imagination you rule!
This piece also published in “The Haven of Haibun” today.
Transport of Choice
It is said that to travel is to learn, to grow inside through experience. While admitting to the truth in this, it does appear my travels have lead me far afield from where I’d originally meant to go. Funny that.
The various turns in the road, chosen by my own volition, seemed the right ones to take at the time, in retrospect I’m doubtful of this. Therefore, there have been those lessons learned in my travels which have been painful. This having been said, I will now say that my favorite mode of transportation is and always has been – my mind.
Fueled by the wonderful power of imagination, I have traveled to any place and every place wished for – to visit. Imagination, my vehicle of choice and while some may laugh at this mode of transport, I find this particular vehicle ready to depart at a moments notice to the far reaches of my desires, and I … I am most content with this.
*“to infinity and beyond”
yes, he has it right
Just simply had to throw in one of Disney’s beloved characters in my haiku. I adore *Buzz Lightyear and his wonderful outlook on life, cartoon character though he may be. I hope you enjoyed my Haibun.
It is a pleasure to see Haibun Thinking Writing Challenge up and active once again. Welcome back. The challenge this week is “Film Week”. Write Haibun style using the following quote or a photo as a prompt. As you can see, I chose the quote:
“You came here in that thing?
You’re braver than I thought.”
~ Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)
I encourage everyone who enjoys writing to enter this challenge. Just click on the Haibun Thinking up above. To read other entries click on the blue “links in collection!”
Have a wonderful day, filled with joy and love,
When I sit and ponder, on any subject, my imagination always seems to gain a foothold in the process.
With very little effort, I find myself (in my minds eye) anywhere, anytime, doing just about anything. Of course the creative process of my brain is coming alive and I become (quite literally) “lost” within my imaginary world.
Imagination is a human thing (well as far as we know anyway), none of the wildlife, domesticated animals, plants or other entities have shared with me whether or not they imagine things.
Although it would be cool to think of a flower with an imagination, or an insect or animal, and as you can see my imagination has entered the words I am writing to you right now.
I’ve been asked where my inspiration comes from when I’m writing. The first two paragraphs really do sum it up!
I simply cannot view anything without imagining what might be. It’s why, to me, there is always potential for everything and everyone.
*“The door to my imagination is always wide open as imagination pours in, creativity pours out.” ~ Penny L Howe, 2014 *
Today is a good day for you to use your imagination. Be creative. Pick up a camera, sketch something, cook creatively. Sing a song, write some lyrics, or a poem.
Think creative thoughts you don’t normal allow yourself to think. Explore your imagination! And, for all of you writers out there, let go, imagine what you want to say. Let’s get that book going!
Your imagination needs no reigning in. Follow where it leads. You will be very pleased with the destination, I think!
Make this an especially creative weekend. Your muse will thank you,
In your life you shape your surroundings based on decisions made and those nearby watch your actions. These include your loved ones, your close friends, associates, even strangers who may be noticing how you are doing what you are doing. Your imagination, talent and determination do not go unnoticed – even if you think they do.
I’m guessing there are times in your life when you’ve inspired and brought hope and joy to someone without even being aware you were doing so. Sometimes you’ve inspired just by “being there” and making that positive difference. Your life is your legacy.
And as you live your daily life you do inspire. You inspire others to try harder, you inspire others to dream and at your very best you inspire hope for a better day. This is what you do. Whether you’re aware of it or not, it’s true.
So today, YOU are my inspiration. to succeed, to overcome adversity, to allow my own imagination full rein, to be all I can be – Thank You!
For those who like the above illustration, please feel free to copy and take as a blogging icon for your blog site. No links to me are necessary, it is a gift to my fellow bloggers who continue to inspire me daily.
We move about …
barely recognizable phantasm – illusionary spectrums.
We come upon a border where day dream and night dream blend together.
we pass through … Beyond life’s existence, perhaps …
Bright lights and black abysses combine mythological imaginings …
and truth. Raw experiences of life’s brutal passages midst temporaneous moments, the falling petals of life’s blissful sensations.
Imagination, Thy tune be well played … As in the heavens so onto nether reaches.
Shall our voice be heard for that which becomes valued most …sweetness and caresses, those learned impassioned fingerprints smudged among frozen moments of time; although shared not lightly, introspective to perception.
Should we concern ourselves with the causation of sharing? Fearful lest there be understanding come at last into the mirage of our being, the root of perceived existence?
Traveling through endless corridors of life’s gained wisdom, do we admit defeat just prior to endgame or become empowered by eternity’s solution?
And do we deny the existence and ownership of the key to our individual, self imposed cage of containment – those rigidly manufactured, maintained and re-enforced bars of willful ignorance – so that no answers are required?
Yes, we do.
~ Penny L Howe, 2014
I’m frequently asked why I write what I write. Mostly, I write to inspire, motivate and inform, but every now and then, the Muse of “The Penny That I Am” gets hold of me and then I write for myself. This piece was written of a moment, where the need of creative thought formed this composition. I’m hopeful there was some small understanding and at least a bit of pleasure derived in the reading.
At the risk of having lost a few of you. I’d like to explain the bicameral mind. Julian Jaynes explained this as a different, non-conscious mental schema where volition, in the face of novel stimuli, mediated through a linguistic control mechanism (we made sounds) and experienced as auditory verbal hallucinations. Passing from the right hemisphere of the brain to the left (the introspective thought). He referred to this as man reacting in a bicameral (two chambers involved in creating and accepting a hypothetical idea) manner. The right coming up with an abstract idea and conveying it in an acceptable way to the left side of the brain.
Okay, now having lost the rest of you, I’ll explain. I’m left-handed, placing a stronger emphasis on right brain thinking. Many believe “imagination” (and hallucinations) have their roots there. Point in fact, Julian Jaynes (1920-1997) was an American psychologist who referenced different states of consciousness (I’m simplifying things here) and how they interact with one another from the two halves of our brain. Beginning with the right hemisphere for the bicameral mind.
Most people are right handed which means that the left side of their brain is the dominant hemisphere. Being left handed I’m located in the remaining 3 percent of the population where the right side of my brain is dominant. But even more rare, according to several I.Q. tests conducted at an earlier age, is the possibility that both sides of my brain are dominant, in that they work and play well together.
This is a good thing. I think about everything and explore my thinking thoughts a great deal. And a bad thing, because I find everything has introspective value, as well as subjective.
This has created havoc my entire life, of course. Because almost nothing is viewed as linear, everything has a potential matrix with depth and possibilities attached to it. I’d have made a great theoretical physicist if I enjoyed math a little more, but I digress (another problem for me as I can digress – and do – frequently).
Bottom line. it is ever so easy for me to go to my “introspectable mind-space” and hang out there, quite comfortably. Imagination is real there – you see. And the range of possibilities and potentialities coupled with imagination is … well … frankly unimaginable. But most enjoyable.
Does this mean I’m smarter than the average bear? Absolutely! Does this mean I’ve learned how to use it to my advantage? Absolutely not!
You can see the quandary in which I frequently find myself. I know the answers to some amazing problems but have trouble explaining them to others.
So … what have you learned from this post? Perhaps that I am a comprehensible, multi-talented genius with special gifts of great import. Or perhaps that I’m amazingly long winded without saying a single thing of particular importance to you. If you made it all the way through, I applaud you. If you didn’t … well then you’re not reading this are you?
As for me I’m going to go hang out in my introspectable mind-space. Where all is forgiven and I am always well received.
Ever noticed from the time we’re old enough to understand words and their meanings ‘others’ have felt the need to point out our limitations. What’s wrong with us. Why we can’t do something.
In fact, we are often reminded so frequently of our supposed shortcomings, we begin to believe it ourselves. So we grow up and when we’re told we can’t do something – why YOU or I can’t make it happen – many of us give up. We STOP believing in our dreams, ideas and goals.
There are no limitations when you believe in magic. When your imagination is free to roam to unknown vistas – it will soar. ‘They’ are mistaken when they tell you what you can’t do, can’t achieve, can’t become.
Believe, really believe, it will happen. The magic awakens within you when you do. And then the most amazing things will begin to happen.
There need be no limitations, most especially the self-imposed limitations where You doubt yourself. When you begin to believe you can do it (make your dreams come true) something wonderfully magical and freeing begins to take shape and the more you believe in you, the greater the magic. There’s an awesome delicious feeling that will catch hold of your spirit and propel you forward.
Try it! Believe in magic (that undefinable wonderful unknown “something” we all possess)! It begins when you start believing in yourself. All things are possible when you do. And then hold on tight to your dream, never let it go. The magic will happen, you’ll see.
And as for myself … well … I’ll be right here saying “I told you so” when your magic happens because not only do I believe in magic but more importantly, I believe in you. The ‘you’ deep inside, the ‘you’ with so much potential just waiting to burst out, and that, my friends is magical! As are we all!
With much affection,