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Imagination, from the A-Z blogs by Deborah Henry-Pollard of Catching Fireworks

When you can imagine you begin to create and when you begin to create you realize that you can create a world that you prefer to live in, rather than a world that you're suffering in.
Ben Okri

When I was a child, my Mother had a couple of nicknames for me.  One was Dolly Daydream, the other, Dream of Delight.  Both were used because of my habit of sitting quietly and going off into my own little world.  I was an avid reader and when I put my book down, I would take what I had read and make up my own stories.  As I got older, I listened to real peoples' stories of their lives and start to imagine what my life might be like.  The sort of life I envisaged, even once I had abandoned my long cherished childhood ambition to be a cowboy, was very different from the ones my contemporaries were planning.  They all saw futures working in the local building society and having families and I am pleased to say that many of them have been very happy in those lives.  But I knew that just wasn't me.  Against all expectations (and some would say, common sense), I left home and started a life which has been fuelled by curiosity and imagination, leading me from one exciting opportunity to another.  Even though I am at a very happy stage of my life now, I still actively use my imagination to develop and build my practice.

I am always banging on about vision and the importance of having one.  When people ask me where to find their vision, I tell them to day dream, to imagine the sort of life they want to be leading, the things they want to be doing, where they want to live, etc.  When they start this process, some people get very detailed and can see their future life exactly.  They know where they want to live and have even furnished the home; or seen themselves picking up their award or lunching with their agent.  For others, their imagination centres around emotions, evoking how they want to feel, or how they are regarded by others.  

Because we can only start from today, it might take a while to get from where you are now to what you want to do, and sometimes there may seem to be no connection between the two.  However, just because you can't see a straight path, don't let that stop you.  Many of our lives if drawn chronologically on a piece of paper would look more like a collection of bridle paths than a motorway.  As Albert Einstein once said, "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

If this has struck a chord with you and you want to find out if coaching will support you in finding your vision, check out how we could work together and get in touch.

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