“There is a force within you that gives life. Seek that.”—Rumi
So I heard a story about a five-year-old at the doctor’s office. After answering all the worried mom’s questions, the doctor turned to the child and said, “And how about you? Do you have any questions?”
The child, deep in thought, stopped, nodded and pointed to the ceiling, “Have you ever wondered what a bat feels like hanging from the ceiling?”
I love this story so much because it points out that children still live in the realm of the imagination. They haven’t yet been talked out of loving the things they love–making art, for example, or singing really loud in the backseat of the car. They haven’t been talked out of loving themselves or learned all the things they need “to fix.”
I always wonder at what age we humans forfeit our innocence, turn our attention from wonder to rigidity and rules. At what age does the ever-vigilant, hypercritical ego take charge of the steering wheel?
All I know is that creating something (even if it’s just writing a blog post) is the best tool I have for seeing beyond the prescribed story. To put something out in the world that didn’t exist before is the closest I can get to the Big Kahuna.
In my now ancient TedX Talk, my big idea for changing the world was to get a spiral notebook and jot down three ideas every day.
I never know which ones will catch fire, which ones will produce oranges. But, like the kid in the doctor’s office, I like to imagine stuff that nobody else is thinking about.
Hope you’ll join me in this holy pursuit. In fact, I invite each of you that reads this post to add a new idea to the comments section below. Doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. Or even doable. It can be downright crazy–that’s my favorite kind. Just remember this is not a party for the parts of you that like to judge.
Can’t wait to hear what you come up with. #222 Forever
Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World) that has just been turned into an app. Badass ACIM (badass-acim.com)