With the weekend finally upon us, it got me thinking about the imagination. As adults, we're taught to push our imaginations to the side and face reality. Get a job, buy a house, pay your bills, yadda, yadda, yadda, and so on and so forth. But the imagination is a powerful force and it will creep up on you. The key is to allow it access - give in and let the imagination take control. Dream a little. It'll amaze you what you come up with.
Think back to when you were a kid and the crazy stories you came up with in your head. It was so easy! I remember imagining that my measly tree house in the backyard was a palace, and a simple blanket thrown over a coffee table in our living room created a fortress that couldn't be broken into, no matter how many things my brother threw at it. A pile of bricks stacked up in the back your house somehow became a beautiful home with a fully functional kitchen and a comfortable bedroom in the back. It was amazing what my mind could come up with. I could entertain myself 24 hours a day, no problem. Mom and dad leave me home alone? Create a fantasy world upstairs. No one can come over to play today? Dream up 3 new friends. Nothing on TV tonight? Create and star in my own movie. The imagination was your home away from home when you were a child. And why, just because we're older and have more responsibilities than just color within the lines, should we let go of that? Now more than ever we need something to help us take our mind off the everyday worries that life brings. I love to take some time out of everyday - it could just be 5 minutes - and sit down and put to paper what's in my head. It could be a funny story I was thinking about or an idea I came up with. Whatever it is, I believe it's healthy to exercise our imaginations like that rather that bottle them up.
My challenge to you this weekend is to use your imagination and do something creative/fun/childish/downright crazy these next few days. Be carefree for a moment and let your imagination run wild. There's really nothing like the feeling of being a kid again - it's just a rush of joy.
Quote of the Day: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create." - Albert Einstein
Tidbit for Today: Start a journal of story ideas. These ideas could stem from dreams, experiences, family....your pool of resources is endless. This type of journaling exercises the imagination and expands your mind. Plus it's fun to look back later and see what you came up with. Pick up a nice, leather-bound journal from the Papyrus store and get a fancy pen - I feel it adds to the experience.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Another day, another thought. And today I'm thinking about the term "old fashioned." It is often used to describe someone in a negative way, and I'm not quite sure why. True, I used to call my mother old fashioned and tell her she just needs to "get with the times" (during those unfortunate teenage years) but now I find that I am in fact old fashioned - and very proud to be so. Now that I'm married I love cooking dinner every night and setting the table, doing the dishes (have to admit I've always loved that), picking up the house - making our house a home. Laugh all you want but I have many a time rushed home after work, cleaned up the kitchen, turned on just the right amount of lights to make the house welcoming and made our bed, all of this with my very high heels and pearls still on. Just this morning, I had the pleasure of making breakfast for my husband before he went off to work and I loved it. There is something very rewarding and comforting about being able to take care of your home and husband. Nowadays though, so many people see this desire as negative or demeaning to women. Because I like to cook and clean I am some how a mindless 1950's housewife who only gets excited about her new washing machine or refrigerator (note picture above.) I can't possibly be intelligent or driven, and I certainly don't have anything interesting to add to the conversation. Might as well just keep me in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant. Pardon my language, but this is crap. I am a college-educated woman who works hard all day long to make my own money and I always have. I can't imagine staying home all day and being just a housewife right now - I would lose my mind. But having said this, I still embrace "old fashioned" values - only old fashioned because for some reason people have shunned them completely. I know feminism played a big role in us losing these values, and I'm all for women getting ahead - trust me I am - but there is no reason why we cannot still acknowledge the traditional roles in marriage and embrace them. Call me old fashioned all day long, but I'm proud of the way I am. I'm proud that I never lived with my husband before we got married. I'm proud that I cook dinner for us almost every night of the week (there are some nights that a nice, frozen pizza just really does the job.) I'm proud that I keep our house clean. I'm proud that I keep myself looking good for my husband. And I'm especially proud that I can do all of this and still have a job that I love and still do the things that I love doing, like writing or having dinners with my girls.
Today's entry may feel like a rant, but there was just some stuff that I had to get off my chest. To all the women out there who feel that they may be a little old fashioned, EMBRACE IT! There is something beautifully strong and feminine about being a modern working gal with old fashioned values. Or at least that's my opinion. What's yours?
Quote of the Day: "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." - Dorothy Parker
Tidbit for Today: Today's tidbit is a recipe! I created it yesterday and it's DELICIOUS! I used homemade hummus thanks to my friend, Annie, but if you're not lucky enough to be friends with her, store bought would work just fine.
The Ultimate BLT
2 slices of french bread, lightly toasted
3 slices of turkey bacon, cooked and crisp
1 small tomato, sliced
3 thin slices of brie, at room temperature
Spread hummus on each piece of your french bread. Place the lettuce on one side of the bread, top with the tomatoes, followed by the bacon and then the slices of brie. Place the other slice of bread on top and press down to hold it all in place. Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Well, it's a Wednesday - why not start a blog. This was actually my friends' idea, though I think they only suggested I start this because they're tired of me babbling non-stop to them so they want me to have another outlet. Well here it is , in all it's glory. Not too exciting, I know, but this blog will always be a work in progress. All I wanna do is share my stories, my interests, my hopes, my fears, my desires, my loves. There is nothing particularly profound or earth-shattering about what I have to say - in fact I, the author, do not even know what I'm going to pen here. At the end of the day, all I want to do is inspire someone in some simple way, remind them of a funny story or an old friend, make someone laugh and encourage everyone to seek knowledge. Our hearts and minds should always be open; if they are, our souls will be nourished. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this journey that I am embarking on. Happy Wednesday!
P.S. - I'm sure you've noticed my curious title for this blog. It comes from one of those stories that always makes you laugh, no matter how old or synical you are. It's a point of grace in my life (yes, Pants, that's a shout out to you) that reminds me of a good friend who has always sat with me and made me laugh, even when we've both felt forgotten.
Quote of the Day: "There is nothing that Joy and Love cannot do. Set your standard very high." - God Calling, A.J. Russell
Tidbit for Today: Go to the bookstore (DO NOT ORDER ONLINE!!! The smell and the experience of a bookstore makes it worth the trip) and pick up "God Calling" by A.J. Russell. A great daily read (similar to my blog??) that will help you reflect on your life.