I tell this story (sorta) briefly to illuminate these words of Albert Einstein, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
It was bound to happen. It’s winter here on the coastline in Connecticut and it’s supposed to snow and ice so it was bound to happen. Snow and ice were bound to make their appearance. I planned ahead so I was ready for it – so I thought.
I packed a canvas bag full of work to bring home for the next day. I had more than enough food in my fridge, in my cupboards and on my counters. I was ready to be productive, warm and well fed.
The next morning I woke up, checked the weather app and looked outside. A little bit of snow and ice and more ice and snow to come. It was Tuesday and every Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:00 I lead Mindfulness Hour for the City of Milford Employee Wellness Program, but this Tuesday I was notifying my students that I was cancelling the class. I knew some of my students would have gone to work and they would be in the building and expect to come to class as usual. I knew some of my other students were home because schools were cancelled and they were in for a rare Snow Day!
As a smart North Eastern woman I went out to my car later that evening to start it and to scrap off the ice and snow that had already begun to accumulate. I couldn’t get the driver’s door open. I couldn’t get the door behind the driver’s door opened. I saw a young man from my apartment building preparing his truck to go to work. “Excuse me! Excuse me!” I hollered. He looked my way, “I’m sorry, you’re probably getting ready for work but would you mind opening my door, please? It’s frozen and I’m sure you can open it.” He gave me a big smile, came on over and opened the door with ease.
The next morning I woke up early to go out to my car early knowing that there would be a lot of ice to scrap before I could drive off to my office to see my first client of the day. Well, there was a lot of ice but I was not anticipating it to be thick sheets of ice enveloping my car. I saw one of the younger women and her daughter struggling to get her car door open and I watched as she high-fived her daughter upon its opening. It delighted me to witness this joyful moment between the young mother and her middle school daughter.
And so I hollered to the Mom and her daughter, “Excuse me! Excuse me! I’m sorry, I don’t want to make you late for anything but would you mind helping me open my frozen door?” The two of them willingly came over. I was overflowing with ‘thank you, thank you, thank you’. Well, those doors were frozen shut with sheets of ice. The Mom pulling and pulling to no avail. Her daughter suggested using a key to chip away the ice between the door and the car. My bags were getting heavier by the moment so I mentioned I was hoping my trunk wasn’t frozen and it dawned on me that I had a bottle of deicer in my trunk. Trunk opened, I put my bags in it, took out the de-icer and the young Mom started squirting and squirting and pulling and pulling.
The school bus came and rescued her daughter from our shenanigans with the ice. As one of the other mother’s were headed back towards the apartment building she yelled to us, “Have you tried hitting the door with your hip?”
A hip slam to the door, the car door popped open! The young Mom and me hooped and hollered as we high-fived each other with the exhilaration of a very tenacious victory!
It was the effort of four people. The most determined of all was the Mom at the car door. She even was singing at one point. She apologetically said, “I’m sorry. I sing for everything.” My very quick reply was, “No need to apologize. Please don’t stop. It’s calming me and I need your singing right about now. Thank you very much!” She sang beautifully with her deep soulful voice.
Four different people. Four different logics. Four different imaginations.
Four different people; 66 year old very slender not as strong as I used to be me. My logic, holler for help to someone who is probably stronger than me and get the deicer out of the trunk.
The young Mom, confident in her physical strength. Her logic, just keep pulling on the frozen door handle and throw in some singing.
The young girl, maybe middle school age. Her logic, chip away at the ice all around the door where it meets the car, then pull it free.
The distant Mom of the young boy who was also catching the bus for school. Her logic, throw your hip against the door.
Four different imaginations yet we all imagined the very same thing, “I imagine what I am suggesting will work.”
Maybe you have been imagining the very best for your life and you’re happy as a bug in a rug as they say. Or not?
As you experience the relaxed state of hypnosis in a session, we can derail some of your habits, behaviors, anxieties and stress that are robbing you of living your very life. We can re-wire imagining what is possible for you to live your life in happier more fullfilling ways.
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