Watching my kids pretending in the tub tonight, I noticed something interesting………
The answer was always “yes”.
It went something like this:
Hannah: “hey do you have a lollipop for me?”
Zeke: “yes, honey here you go”
Z: “Can we be on a TV show about killer whales?”
Z: “Can my whole family be on it with me?”
(and then when an evil octopus named Ursula showed up on the scene wreaking havoc)
H: “Get him! He is trying to eat me!”
Z: “Don’t worry! (chomp, chomp, phooey) I chewed him up and spit him away”
They didn’t seem troubled by the fact that lollipops aren’t allowed within 2 city blocks of our house. A TV show with killer whales was never out of the realm of possibilities. And when faced with imminent danger from an evil octopus, no one complained that there were no octopus killing weapons to be found. I mean what are teeth for if you can’t take out a few octopi, right?
The answer was always a “yes”. By the time they got out of the tub, I felt compelled to say “yes” myself.
H: “Can we read 4 books instead of 2?”
H: “can we read 7 books?”
Z: “Can we have snacks?”
Z: “can I sleep in your bed?”
me: “Don’t push your luck”
Hannah and Zeke have not lost the ability to imagine. The sky is the limit. If they can imagine it, it is possible. I think this must be the closest t0 a God like attitude as we get down here on earth. I mean we ARE his imagination. He imagined, and then we WERE. We definitely lose this gift of imagination as we get older. I probably think in terms of roadblocks more than what is possible. Sometimes when I am alone and it is quiet (almost never), I will let my imagination take me to my dream; “What if I could run a marathon one day!” But, of course, I immediately stomp that sucker out with “Are you crazy?” It would be more likely that I will drive my car to the moon next Tuesday!
Yet, I know that no one who has ever done anything really meaningful in the world did it with ease or little effort. Those people who are especially amazing and inspirational overcame “impossibility” to live their dreams. So maybe letting my imagination go wild is exactly what I SHOULD be doing. And more of it!
Ben Davis is one of those inspirational people. A friend told me about his blog: bendoeslife.com and it is truly worth watching his inspirational journey from obesity to marathon! He has a great line at the end of his video. He says, “If you want to do it, all you have to do is do it.” That simple. I had never even run a mile before this summer. So running a marathon seems like a pretty impossible dream. But I have been taking it one mile at a time, and I think I might be ready to let my imagination go there. Richard’s birthday was yesterday. (Happy Birthday Babe) We ran 8 miles! Yay!!!! I have signed up for a half marathon in June…………… So maybe I can just do it too.
What is your dream? Let your imagination go wild, and maybe you can just do it too.