I once heard someone say, “My imagination is a scary place… I can never go in there alone.”
It is a scary place.
I have spent a lifetime creating amazing images in my mind. Most of the time, I use them for positive purposes: to tell my children an exciting story, to write a song, to sketch a picture, or to visualize a soothing, beautiful place when I am feeling down. But sometimes, my imagination gets the better of me.
When I’m in a bad space, if I let my mind wander freely, picturing every negative outcome to a situation, I do myself damage. If I allow my imagination to run wild, unchecked, it can take me to places I never wanted to go. It’s like rolling a negative tape. Repeating a vision over-and-over again until you become overwhelmed and sure that what you imagine is what the outcome will be.
Yes, the outcome could be a negative one: there are no guarantees that bad things won’t happen in life.
But why choose to be filled with despair?
Why choose to reinforce the bad?
Why not choose to reinforce the good?
If I find myself going to a bad place, wouldn’t it be easier this time to say, “Stop the tape!” or “Cut!” and change that image?
Wouldn’t it be better to my sense of self and serenity to use my imagination to my advantage instead of my disadvantage?
Next time I will shout, “STOP!” Don’t go there. Don’t live in despair. Don’t live in the negative. It may never happen so why live in such a nightmare?
I will focus on the positive and let my imagination take me to a better outcome.
“Dear God, help me to use my imagination in a positive way. Help me to use it to create beautiful images, positive outcomes, and serene places, where my mind can float freely and serenely.”
Your post made me think not only of the power of the imagination, but of dreams, hopes and fears too: “Be careful what you wish for.” You are an inspiration and impart wisdom from your experiences. I try to remember each day when I wander into unecessarily negative visions of the future that I have the opportunity to create a new, positive path. Thank you.