Who are you? I mean, who are you, really? It can seem that everyone has an idea of who you are supposed to be. Sometimes that fits with your own idea of you, and sometimes, it doesn’t fit. I often ask my clients, “Who would you be and what would you do if there were no limits?” By no limits, I mean time, money, age, gender, education, responsibilities, or health. What are those deep inner desires?
For most of you, when you look in the mirror, you don’t see the full-grown image of your best self. Instead, you see an accumulation of beaten-down and feeble reflections of other people’s expectations of you. And this can leave you feeling lonely, empty, hopeless, and sad. As a result, each day that could be a new day of creativity becomes another mindless series of tasks to check off the list, dramas to endure, or knotted situations to unravel.
How do you get back to the spirited enthusiasm and abundantly hopeful attitude of days gone by? The first step is to give yourself permission to play. Give yourself permission to engage the faculty of Imagination — you know, that mental faculty that used to be your constant companion until you were taught to use your rational mind instead.
Are you willing to experiment? Are you willing to ask those two big, high-frequency questions: “Who would I be and what would I do if there were no limits?” And, then, just for a few minutes each day this week, write in your journal or device what comes to mind. Remember, nothing is off limits. And when your rational mind wants to shut you down, just take command and tell it that this is your time with your old friend, Imagination. Comfort your rational mind by telling it that it can be back in control in 15 minutes, or 30 minutes, or however long you want to give to Imagination.
If you sat down in front of the mirror, like this little kitty, and there were no limits, who and what would you see staring back at you? Write me and let me know what you uncover about yourself.