Our imaginations lead us on wondrous adventures.
Imagination is key to manifesting everything we desire. Imagination is intrinsic to our creativity – and we are, above all, creative beings.
However, imagination may also lead to great unhappiness.
I’m not speaking of the dangers of imagining horrific things. Many of us already understand how terrible imaginings help produce terrible results in our lives. What we focus on, grows, right?
But I’m not even speaking of that truth.
I’m speaking of how imagining wonderful things may lead to unhappiness – if we are not careful. This is the imagination that always sees the perfect vision, against which we always come up short. This is the imagination that tells us all that we could be, and all that we should have.
- If we have a potted plant, we imagine that life would be perfect if only we had a small porch or balcony.
- If we have a balcony, we long for a patch of earth, a little backyard.
- When we have a backyard, we dwell on what it might be like to live with a view of mountains and wilderness.
- And on and on…
We do this with our weight, always wishing to be slimmer. We dismiss our achievements, knowing that we are not yet where we wish to be. We long for a different, or upgraded version of home, family and friends. We do this in every area of our lives.
Our beautiful visions of life-as-it-should-be are used by us, against us. They taunt us with the ghost of accomplishments yet to come. They highlight our limitations and lack until we are in danger of losing sight of what we’ve achieved. Our brilliant visions become weapons in the hands of our inner critic and inner mean girl, a yardstick against which we can never measure up.
As a young dance student, I was a slave to that yardstick for many years. My appreciation of beauty far outstripped my ability to achieve my vision. I was trying to dance from the outside, in. I tried to strike those poses, and hit those lines! I had to learn that it is best to dance from the inside, out. After all, that inner feeling is what made me fall in love with dance in the first place.
Sometimes we have to just let the visions go.
Manifesting our best and happiest life is a delicate balance between the vision of what we desire and gratitude for all that we already have.
Stop longing for perfection, stop chasing the dream. Instead, be happy now.
Be happy now with this imperfect family.
Be happy now with this body just as it is.
Be happy now with these accomplishments to date. Yes, we have accomplished so much already!
Be happy now even with these challenges that are ours alone to navigate.
Our stories are uniquely wonderful, crazily colorful, all wrong and yet so perfectly right. Embrace the story of NOW and stop running after the impossible glossy magazine version of what our lives should look like.
Be happy with this day,
with this potted plant,
with this busy life.
The Universe is contained in every blade of grass. All this is already ours.
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Reba Linker is a healer, guide and bestselling author. She hosts the Youtube interview show, Paint Yourself Into the Picture: http://bit.ly/1rq0fWy, and is the founder of a new online community, www.AtoZHealingSpace.com.