Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Rainbow Connection
Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I've heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
Something about this particular song sums up the whole daydreaming concept best for me. Always has - maybe it's just one of those "children of the 70's" things, but to me it's more about giving those inner voices a chance to speak up.
Daydreams are about playing the "what if" game...but it's when you allow yourself the additional pleasure of envisioning the outcome *you* want.
Almost like a grown-up version of let's pretend, and there's no guilty reality allowed to intrude...whatever you happen to be thinking about - relationships, family, fame, fortune, the past, the future, anything and everything is fair game. Sometimes it's hard to find time to listen to those voices. Real life just sweeps in and tries to silence the whimsy. Bills, deadlines, family...responsibilities.
"Keep your feet on the ground," as they say.
So I have to sneak my daydreaming in as I can - small snippets in the car on the commute home, when I'm baking (particularly meringues. They take hours. Hours of waiting and stirring and waiting and stirring. Prime time for daydreaming since there's not enough time to do anything else...). When I'm in boring meetings. (Not for amateurs Always good to bring a notebook to scribble things down on.) Doing dishes. Walking the dog (when I had one.) Cross-stitching. Honestly, I daydream best when I'm doing something slightly active with my hands. Nothing that requires a huge amount of focus, but it's almost as though just giving my body something lightly physical to do frees my brain up to start thinking down other paths.
Mental meandering has its own rewards.