Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stories from Our Imaginings

I went to my photography class last night, and was quite tired when it was time to write this post. So, I picked a book I like very much, Writing for Your Life: Discovering the Story of Your Life's Journey by Deena Metzger, and I'm going to share a quote I find meaningful.
"I don't think I would have become a writer if I hadn't imagined myself as one. When we fail to imagine our lives, we may live someone else's life, becoming the victim of another's imagination--advertising has such an effect--or we may live out something that only passes for a life, is less than a life. When we begin to imagine our lives, we discover that it is our life, our whole and entire life that we are imagining."
I have not only imagined myself as a writer, but I have imagined myself as well! What do you imagine?

8 comments:

Mariposa said...

Hi Susan, sorry I've not been around. I think I've mentioned to you over the phone some of the things I imagined...LOL I imagine myself to be a lot of things though...what I cannot imagine myself is not doing anything.

I'm not well and will be in bed most of the time. Hope all's well.

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Maiposa,
Yes, you did share some of what you imagine, and it was all quite wonderful.

I do hope you feel better soon, and my thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

Love,
Susan

More Than Conquerors said...

Dear Susan,

Thanks for sharing this. Your writing reminded me of a quote I read somewhere recently that said "Never lose sight of your dream...". I think to be able to imagine what we would like to be with the gifts and talents God has given us, is a strong motivation to work towards it.

In the past, I have imagined myself working freelance one day, and to be able to reach out and help others in need. I have never lost sight of this dream... and I am thankful to say that today I am living out this dream and what I have imagined!

Thanks for all your visits and encouragements. Hope you have a great week ahead!

With hugs and prayers,
Nancie

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Nancie,
Isn't it a wondrous thing to be living your dream? Congrats on achieving this. I know you've worked really hard to get there.

And you're welcome!

With hugs and love in return,

Susan

marja said...

Hi Susan,

Neat thing about getting older, as I've gotten to be :) is that you've had lots of time to make some of your imaginings bear fruit.

I've imagined writing to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness, esp helping churches learn to be more accepting. And it's coming true. And as I've grown older and matured and become wiser, more and more of my imaginings are bearing fruit. And things are happening that are far beyond anything I could have imagined.

Yes, if you imagine and follow your dreams, full of hope and trust that it can happen, your life will surpass anything you could have expected.

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Marja,
Yes, there are wonderful aspects of aging, aren't there? You and I have both worked hard and sown seeds that are bearing fruit, and it's a wonderful feeling, isn't it?

I wish everyone understood that achieving one's dreams (and imaginings) truly can happen--even if it takes years for them to reach fruition.

Susan

catatonickid said...

I find a lot of meaning in that quote, as well. It gives me a sense of empowerment/inspiration to know that what I see with my imagination can be just as powerful, if not more powerful, than what I'm exposed to in 'the real world'. That can be pretty hard to find sometimes.

Wellness Writer said...

Dear CK,
I certainly agree. When we pursue a creative life, it's often difficult to get validation from others. Years ago I learned that I need to validate myself...but it's nice to know that others share that viewpoint.

Susan