Saturday, June 15, 2013
POVERTY OF IMAGINATION AND HOPELESSNESS
It's my imagination, as well as my realism, that keeps me grounded and provides me with the hope necessary to keep from falling into despair in regards to the roster of things/challenges/difficulties/pains facing me .
You just really never know what is up ahead just around the next corner. Yeah, it could be more challenges/difficulties/pains. But you never know. You might just be pleasantly surprised.
My mind's ability to imagine keeps my heart and soul imbued with hope. That unwanted weed in your life that just keeps hanging on and doesn't seem like it will ever go away to make room for something beautiful.....might just turn into or lead you to something that you can offer to the world as a piece of art.
"The imagination is like a lantern. It illuminates the inner landscapaes of our life and helps us discover their secret archaeologies. When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world reveals it's wonders to us. There are people who see only dullness in the world and that is because their eyes have already been dulled. So much depends on how we look at things. The quality of our looking determines what we come to see. Too often we squander the invitations extended to us because our looking has become repetitive and blind. The mystery and beauty is all around us but we never manage to see it. Similarly with the inner world: the imagination is the eye for the inner world. When the imagination awakens, the inner world illuminates. We begin to glimpse things that no-one speaks about, that the outer world seems to ignore. When the inner world brightens, we discover a new confidence and a surer grounding in the world."~~~John O'Donohue....from BEAUTY The Invisible Embrace