I hope this message finds you well, safe, and committed to being YOU, the real you.
And as you are being YOU, I wanted to share something that is stretching me to take more radical action in my life. I hope it inspires you, too.
So here it goes….
My parents were teenage parents. By the time they were 18, there were 2 of us, me and my older sister, so I literally grew up with my parents.
Though young and financially poor, I watched my parents complete college, struggle to make ends meet, serve in the community, challenge convention, work for equality, and pastor churches. Of course, creating a life for themselves and a growing family wasn’t easy. They endured racism, sexism, and lots of other isms that almost derailed their progress. Yet, they persevered.
Survival made our lives a bit unpredictable. Sometimes we had heat, food, and a phone, and sometimes we didn’t. Still, we endured.
Of course, I periodically complained about not having the basics and a few luxuries. But when I complained about wearing thrift store clothes, eating government cheese, and chewing on day-old bread, my parents didn’t reprimand me; they encouraged me. They told me I was investing in my future, and they reminded me that the sacrifices I make as a child would pay off when I was an adult.
My father said, “Hang in there and use your imagination so you can see what’s possible for your life.”
Imagination? I wondered how imagination could bring me nice clothes, new shoes, popcorn at the movies, and hot fried chicken. Of course, my childhood desires wanted immediate gratification.
My father explained that my imagination was a gift and that it would guide me to success if I used it daily. And you know, my father was right. My imagination helped me see possibilities and opportunities that cleared my eyes and stirred my heart. It helped me see way beyond my conditions, expertise, and circumstances; it filled me with hope. Even today, I look at my life and wonder how a poor little Black girl like me could grow up to live in such a beautiful home, get to do meaningful work, and have such loving relationships.
I am grateful that I used my imagination.
So, here is what I want you to do.
Close your eyes and release your imagination. Let your imagination run wild so you can see what you truly desire. Let your imagination room to a new realm beyond mere reality.
Let your imagination show you and grow you.
Let it show you how to create new beginnings from painful endings, big opportunities from big obstacles, unlimited potential from unimaginable pain, great advantages from great adversity, and endless love from crippling loss.
Imagine what you can do and be if you widen your vision and take one small step forward to what you really desire.
Imagine what you could do if you worried less about making people happy or fitting into norms, labels, and closets.
Imagine what you could try if you trusted yourself to seek, fail, rebound, pivot, shift, and reimagine your life.
Imagine what you could do if you used your education, training, and lived wisdom to create a life that feels more honest, harmonious, and whole.
Imagine how living in peace and joy could extend your life, rest your mind, and heal your body.
Let your vision guide you to victory!
Let your insight spur your initiative.
Let your wisdom help you win.
Let your longing inform your legacy.
My parents had few resources, but they imagined that their life could be different for their children…. for me.
Today, as you are daring to SOAR higher than your circumstances, conditioning, and the anxiety caused by the craziness in the world, remember to imagine.
IMAGINE what’s possible, believe the inconceivable, and trust that you can do the unbelievable.
You can do it! And most of all, you don’t have to do it alone. I can help.