The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 12

Blog 1952 – 01.28.2021

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 12

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 12

No telling of Dorothy’s visit to Oz would be complete with out the flying monkeys. If pigs could fly why not monkey and what are the limits of pure imagination? Who among us in particularly trying times has not imagined better brighter circumstances and often later found that the Universe made a way for us to shine through? I for, one see, a lot of good philosophy in the adage, “Fake it till you make.” Not only great oak trees from acorns grow but great lives from little fantasies.

The song I picked today is my cover of Josh Groban’s version of the song from the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Pure Imagination. The song may seem too fanciful for some, but I see a certain logic in trying our dreams on for size before committing to making them the realities of our lives.

I quote again my friend, Mike Dooley, who says, “Dreams become things. Choose the best ones.” Yesterday, I re-watched the 1945 classic movie of the book written by Oscar Wilde, The Portrait of Dorian Gray. The worldly unchecked philosophy of Dorian’s friend about youth being above all things the greatest treasure to be held onto at whatever the cost leads him to make terrible decisions for his life that hurt not only him, but those he loves the most. We, as my dad tried so hard to warn a nineteen year old version of me, do not have to make all the mistakes, we can learn from those of others if we just would. But, then young people are often so set on getting to make their own mistakes, I was, that we pay an unnecessary high price for those experiences. Experience may indeed be the best teacher, but often lessons so learned are hard while imagining outcomes or availing ourselves of others experiences can be an easier more pleasant way of learning.

John Lennon, in his song Imagine, poses some questions regarding what many of us think we know of life but might not have as right as we may think. Some think we are here in this life on probation to see if we are worthy of an eternal position higher up. I do not see it that way at all, but rather that we are here so that our loving and infinite source can experience it all again and again through our open heads and hearts, our open arms and hands, and our open mouths, ears, and eyes – open to receive all the Universe has for us.

Whether you view this as Pure Imagination or the Gospel, no matter, Just do yourself and us all a favor in all your pretending and doing, open your heart to the possibilities.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

Pure Imagination

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