GOOD MORNING WORLD
I heard or saw a quote the other day. ‘Live out of your imagination not your history.’ I am upset that I do not know where it came from so that I can credit it. I do not usually like to use things without acknowledging the source. What a great quote though.
What would you do if you could live out of your imagination? That has surely changed for me over the years. I was going to be a hairdresser, a stewardess and ended up going to teaching school. While I did not graduate I believe I have been teaching in one way or another all the rest of my life. Actually did do some in school subbing. That was fun. Remembering how we used to taunt subs I would find a hook with each class. The best was using my memory to quickly pick out a couple of kids by name. The obvious question would be how do you know our names? I would just say I was super sub and went on with the lesson glad that the few I could remember saved my bacon!
I’ve imagined being a starving artist in a French loft eeking out a living by painting beautiful pictures. A novelist living inNew York city typing away long into the night to meet a deadline. Or an actress maybe? Imagination is a wonderful thing. The other part of that quote is ‘not your history’. That is the real gift of those words. Imagination can even take you beyond your wildest dreams most especially beyond your history.
Do you believe Chris Gardner the man who wrote the Pursuit of Happyness ever dreamed he would be where he is today when he was living in shelters and getting assistance? Glenn Beck, like his politics or not he was not from wealth. His dad ran a bakery. Glenn himself was a drunk. His words not mine. Today he runs a mini multi media empire fromTexas. These men lived their imaginations not their histories. Then there is Oprah. She certainly outlived her history.
So what would you do? What is your history? Mine was not so bad in fact I liked it. Thought I would live in my hometown the rest of my life. I did want to see the world though. I did want to travel. Miles wise I have surely gone beyond my history. AND I am not done yet – there is much to see.
The most interesting thing of this whole quote is that the people who actually do this seem to be the people who give back. When I think of those who are successful and have changed their history their gratefulness is a reward to others not necessarily themselves. I so believe in an other-centered life. They prove the idea of that with their lives.
Imagination? Possibilities? Rewards? Words full of hope and…..nope stopping here – this is a good way to end this…….just think…
…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…