11.18.2008

Daydreaming as Discernment

I completely stopped daydreaming for a few years.

There was an imagination embargo.


I think I was in a strict "make the best of the situation" frame of mind, and couldn't really let myself think about alternatives. But slowly, the ice is melting, and I'm seeing my best next step as really taking time to fantasize about where I'd love to be, and how I'd love to serve. Then, it will be time to see who looks like the best fit.

Now, I'm going to go re-read Bruggemann, and maybe some Whitman and remember what a useful discernment tool imagination is.

We can insert a lot of caveats about the lurking danger of just completely going wild and out-of-control (similar arguments for the inherant danger of grace, now that I think about it), or about having unrealistic expectations, but I fall a little too clearly on the cynical tightass side of the spectrum for that to be a real concern.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks be to God! Let 'em come!!

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  2. what brueggemann are you rereading? Sounds like fellow afflicted imagineers could benefit.

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  3. imagine away! pish posh to those who would caution otherwise.

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