The best way to change your life is to re-imagine it.
Imagine being a little girl who could get dirty in the sand, climb trees and ride your bike down the street, topless.
Imagine being a daughter who watched her mother run a business, get an education, become angry and fight for equality and justice.
Imagine being a daughter of a father who was always present, affirming of your looks and body, your dreams; and never stopped hugging you.
Imagine never being told: be careful, be a virgin and be nice.
Imagine taking a high school course on the history of women so you could know the great women who fought the ongoing war against gender inequality.
Imagine your parents teaching you about safe sex so you could enjoy all sex.
Imagine having a healthy conflict with someone before you decided to be in love with them.
Imagine negotiating housework, child care and split financial identities before you seriously consider marriage.
Imagine being outrageously honest so you could imagine being outrageously happy.
From: Kiss Your Life... 365 Reasons to Love Who You Are
Reason: 5 Page: 23
By: Ann Mody Lewis Ph.D.
We can hardly think about the word Imagine without thinking of John Lennon.
Imagine no heaven or hell, religion or country.
Imagine having nothing to live for or die for.
Imagine having no possessions, no hunger or greed.
He wants us to imagine being One, if we could strip away the things that divide us.
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one
Only dreamers can imagine: They may imagine a love they share.
The home they will own or job they will have
They can imagine the life of their children
They imagine the life they want to live.
Or the body they want to preserve.
What we imagine indicates our inner life... peace, progress, consciousness, rebellion,
a better life. We cannot separate ourselves from our inner imaginations, because they are
an indication of our spiritual life. You may be called dreamer, because that is what you are supposed to be.
Being conscientious about our imagination puts us in touch with the part of us that affects the lives of others; and, for that reason, our mind is the village in-which-we-live. The holiday season is wondrous and so is your imagination!
It is fitting that we use this discussion to appreciate the power of our own vision.
Discussion will include:
How powerful is imagination?
Should we be careful about imagining?
What was John Lennon inviting us to do?
How do we encourage our children to imagine, and why is it important?
If you wrote the credo of your own imagination what would it say?
Imagining ourselves living as one may be our greatest contribution to world peace!
Peace on earth and good will toward all.