The Power of our Creative Imagination
Believe what you tell yourself, your emotions will catch up
Stupid is as stupid does:
Quite a few years ago I did one of the dumbest things any one-man could do. Battling a large malignant tumor in my throat I decide to avoid medical treatment and become a bank robber. Having lost people to cancer as well as my business, I want to leave my family financially secure should it take my life. I know, stupid is as stupid does, and that was stupid. If only we could have second thoughts first. Shortly after my arrest, the money disappears and so does the now ex-wife. So much for-better for-worse till death do us part. I survive cancer while serving eight years in federal prison. The experience is not one I recommend, although interacting with people from all over the world: China, Brazil, Africa, Cuba, Mexico, England, you name it, as well as all over the United States, does have its benefits. You learn what makes people tick, and what makes them tock. You also meet people who’ve mastered the power of their creative imagination. That’s our subject of choice today.
Making good of a bad situation:
Over the years, everyone I spoke with who was doing well behind bars told me the same thing. When they focused on the things they were missing at home, they were miserable, twenty-four seven. Their health suffered their time hard. When they focused on what good they could make out of the mess they were in, everything changed for the better. There positive attitude towards their situation had them spending their time preparing for life after incarceration instead of wallowing in misery. Role models. Whether these guys were using their creative imaginations intentionally or unintentionally doesn’t matter. They believed life was better and for them it was. It works! Once I learned how to control my creative imagination the bonds of depression that held my emotions intact since first discovering I had cancer, were no more.
Two sides to every story:
Like most things in life, there are two sides to the creative imagination equation. The following illustration demonstrates its power as well as why we need to control that power as not to suffer the dreaded downside of our creative imagination.
There used to be a show on television called “Family Affair” and one of the stars, Sebastian Cabot, played the butler Mr. French; a large man with a full face beard. (Keep an eye on Sebastian Cabot.) One evening while a music awards show played on the TV in the prison dorm rec room, an inmate brought up the subject of playing musical instruments professionally. After bragging on Clarence Clemons who played the saxophone in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, the inmate turns to Swampy, an inmate with a highly questionable history when it comes to telling the truth, with a question. “Swampy,” he said, “I heard you play a mean sax.” Knowing Swampy is a believer in everything Swampy says, all heads turn his way in anticipation of what they’re pretty sure they’re about to hear. Swampy doesn’t disappoint.
How not to blow your own horn:
“You better know it,” blurts out the Swamp-stir, tilted chin vibrating up and down, eyes half-closed. As sure of one’s self as one can be. “I can play any instrument it takes air to blow,” he says. “You mean you can blow the Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Sebastian Cabot, and the Sax?” “Yep.” “Wow,” everybody in the rec room played along by taking a deep breath. “That’s impressive Swampy, not many people can blow a Sebastian Cabot. That’s one of the hardest instruments to blow. Must have taken you forever to get that one down.” “It did, I had to blow that Sebastian Cabot three or four times a day for about three months before I got it down. After that, it wasn’t hard at all.” “Didn’t your jaws hurt and your lips go dry blowing like that?” “Na, I lube up.” No one ever told Swampy what a Sebastian Cabot was, no one had the heart. He must never have watched “Family Affair.” Shortly thereafter someone challenged him to a duel after hearing how his karate made him a deadly weapon. Swampy ended up in protective custody right after he got out of the hospital. It’s a good lesson on how not to blow your own horn.
The Creative Imagination Master:
Swampy’s a perfect example of not only how powerful our creative imagination can be but also why we need to be careful what we say and how often we say it to ourselves. Our emotions don’t know the difference between truth and fiction. If we tell ourselves we can’t do anything long enough, we won’t. If we tell ourselves to think positive long enough and believe it, we will. Our emotions respond accordingly. Despite his setbacks and his bumps and bruises, Swampy was the most positive guy I ever met. A creative imagination master. He could believe anything he told himself. He just needed to be more careful about what he told himself. We can all learn something from Swampy.
Creative imagination to positive mental attitude-come in:
Pick someone you know has a negative attitude, a family member a colleague at work, a friend, a neighbor. Preferably, a real radical sun-of-a-? We all have, or have had, at least one of those in our life. Write down what you think they need to do to move up to your standards. You won’t have to think long. We don’t have any problem when it comes to making up a list of somebody else’s faults. Keep the list to yourself. We’re not trying to hurt anyone. What are the qualities you think they need to work on? Do they have listening skills, do they need an attitude checkup, and how is their self-image, self-discipline? Write down what you think they need to work on. Now, let’s make up your list. When you’re done, compare your list to the other person’s list. Is there anything on their list that should be on your list? If not, you need to make up another list. Once you decide to admit there may be some faults on the other person’s list that mirror your list, pick one that stands out. Now, imagine you don’t have that fault anymore and keep imagining it, day in day out, with feeling. Remembering you disliked this fault so much you failed to write it down the first time. Think positive. No other thought pattern will do. After a while you’ll start acting like you don’t have that fault anymore and eventually, with time, you won’t. If any trace of it does remain, it will be mighty small and inconsistent. One fault at a time we get better.
It gets easier:
Telling someone how they can improve their life by using their creative imagination to improve their outlook on life won’t do them any good if they don’t put the information to good use. It’s so easy to give up when it doesn’t produce the results we want at the push of a button. Let’s keep it real, if it was that easy we would all be Kings and Queens. Toughen up, show some personal initiative, persist in thinking positive and your emotions will catch up with your actions. Your creative imagination guarantees it.
Bring a chair:
There was a church in a small town where just about everybody attended. One night it burned to the ground. Two days later the Pastor posted a sign on the front lawn, “Church Sunday, services on the front lawn, bring a chair, hope to see you there.” Come Sunday morning he stood at the pulpit in front of chairs full of people for as far as he could see. With the bright sun at his back and eyes watering from the turnout, he adjusted his collar and then reached inside the pulpit and pulled out a beautiful piece of pottery. With outstretched arms, he slowly raised the glimmering spectacle high overhead. “This piece of pottery survived the fire,” he said, and then waited as the huge rumble of the crowd faded away, “you know why it’s in such good shape? Because it’s been through the fire before.”
Keeping the damage down to a minimum:
We are all going to go through some fires in life, our COVID-19’s so to speak. If we use our creative imagination to keep our mind positive, those fires will only make us stronger no matter what the situation. When the smoke clears we’ll not only have kept the damage down to a minimum, we’ll have what’s most important in life, peace of mind, happiness, and the confidence to know we can handle whatever life throws our way. Practice controlling your emotions by using your creative imagination. Just don’t fall into the Swampy trap and you won’t be disappointed, and neither will anybody else who knows you. Role Model…