When you use your children’s imaginations in a positive way, you tap into an incredible source of joy that can miraculously turn an unwilling child, whining about doing chores, into a happy cooperative, little helper. That may sound impossible, but it’s not. I’ve heard from thousands of moms who have witnessed this miracle with their kids. The secret ingredient is the House Fairy.
She’s the size of a chipmunk and has a voice to match. When children see her, they listen. The House Fairy is magic only because your children’s imaginations are magic! If you’re tired of nagging, reminding, threatening and being frustrated because your children have messy bedrooms and fail to do chores without constant reminders, you might consider introducing the House Fairy.
Our imaginations are a gift from God. “You can only do the impossible if you can see the invisible.” I wrote that while writing a magazine article about happiness. I realized that everything we see was first an idea, and if an idea could turn into an object, why couldn’t we use our imaginations to change our emotional state? So, if you get down in the dumps, all you have to do is imagine being happy and before you know it, you’re happy. Songs have been written about it: Smile is one of my favorites. That’s what our imaginations are all about, seeing what isn’t here, yet. Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than fact.”
Walt Disney is one of my favorite imaginers. Just think, he turned that mouse that hung around him during his late night drawing sessions, into a star, because he was able to use his imagination and see a possibility.
Since he didn’t have any money, imagine what would have happened if he’d gone to a venture capitalist for help in bringing his ideas to fruition. I imagine the conversation would have gone something like this:
Man with the money, “Hello Mr. Disney, how may I help you?”
“Well, I’m an artist an. . .
“And you won’t believe what visits me every night!”
“The cutest little mouse comes around and I’ve been feeding him. He loves Swiss cheese and now he’s very tame.”
“So, he’s gotten so tame he has actually let me draw him!”
“Hmmm, and what does this have to do with why you’ve come to see me?”
“Well, Mr. Flizledink, I was thinking I’d like to develop the rest of my career, and life actually, around that mouse. I named him Mickey.”
“Yeah, Mickey Mouse. And I’d like to start out making animated cartoons starring him and then when he becomes famous, I’ll branch out with a Mickey Mouse Club an . . .”
“Why don’t you throw in a girl mouse and a couple of ducks while you’re at it?”
“Hey, good idea, lemme write that down! Anyway, where was I? Mickey Mouse Club and uhhh, oh yeah, and I’d have cute little kids sing and dance on a television show called The Mickey Mouse Club, and then I’d build an amusement park on some farmland in California. I can see building a huge monument to Mickey at the park and people from all over the world would flock to see him and play in the park.”
“Mr. Disney, are you sure your name isn’t Walt Dizzy?”
It’s been said that Walt Disney was a mystic. The definition of mystic is: having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding. That certainly fit Walt. It’s obvious he didn’t allow a Flizledinker to stand in his way. Imagine what we would’ve missed if he had. So don’t be a Flizledinker and Flizledink your own visions and dreams. Hold them, nurture them, dust them off if you’ve left them in a cobwebbed corner of your mind. Keep them close to your vest until they are strong and ready for the world. Flizledinkers do not have vision, but they are the first to say, “I should have thought of that!”
Children have unFlizledinked minds and we can nurture the Walt Disney in them, by providing good books that encourage their imaginations, art supplies, musical instruments and clutter-free spaces in which to create. It’s also a good idea to encourage kids to share their dreams when you’re at the breakfast table every morning, as sharing dreams will cultivate the child’s ability to bring what isn’t apparent to the senses into the tangible world of words. Children love to talk about their dreams, I know because whenever I get the privilege of sitting at the breakfast table with a sleepy-eyed child, I always ask and it always turns into a wonderful and creative discussion. Try it tomorrow morning as you sit and enjoy the start of your day with your kids.
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