Today’s resolution: A little mind dance

20 Oct

There have been times when my imagination has gotten me into trouble or thrown me into an anxious looping frenzy. Mostly, though, imagination has been my salvation. The world of my mind is a bright, brilliantly intense place of dance, color, light and song (yes, there, I can actually sing … and I dance, dance, dance in the music video of my life), and it’s full of imaginative people with the faces of flowers. As you may imagine, I have never needed hallucinogens.

Imagination means I never run out of ideas for articles and stories, and I never tire of interviewing interesting people. I marvel at my life sometimes, amazed that I’ve managed a career that allows me to run with my imagination.

So, today, I share with you another favorite passage from J. Ruth Gendler‘s The Book of Qualities:

“When Imagination walks, she writes letters to the earth. When she runs, her feet trace postcards to the sun. And when she dances, when she dances, she sends love letters to the stars.

“Some people accuse Imagination of being a liar. They don’t understand that she has her own ways of uncovering the truth. She studied journalism in junior high school. It gave her an excuse to interview interesting people. She was surprisingly good at writing articles. When in doubt, she just made things up. More recently, Imagination has been working as a fortuneteller in the circus. She has this way of telling your fortune so clearly that you believe her, and then your wishes start to come true.

“Imagination is studying photography now with an eye toward making films. She has no intention of working in one of those factories where they manufacture images that lull us to sleep. Her vision is more complex, and very simple. Even with the old stories, she wants us to see what has never been seen before.”

I very much want to meet Ms. Gendler.

Dancing statues near the Clinton Library, Little Rock, Ark. (2011/RO)

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6 Responses to “Today’s resolution: A little mind dance”

  1. Cici Davidson October 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    This is beautiful, Rhonda … complete w/perfect photo!

  2. Rhonda October 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    Thank you, Cici! I think I took the photo the day you and I were walking the Rock Island bridge.

  3. Hanna October 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Beautiful indeed! The picture is perfect!

    • Rhonda October 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

      Thanks, Hanna!

  4. writingfeemail October 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    If our minds aren’t imagining, what are they doing? Great post!

    • Rhonda October 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

      Absolutely! Thanks so much for reading and responding!

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