The other day I caught a glimpse of actor Jim Carrey on Oprah, in a clip that dates back to high hair and shoulder pads. Not really thinking much of it, I went about my business, but kept the sound on in the background until I heard the word visualization. My ears perked up and I listened to the tale of a young, broke Jim, hungry for stardom and fame. Seated next to Oprah, he tells her about his many trips to Mulholland Drive and the conversations he imagined having with famous actors and directors interested in his work.
He also wrote himself a check in the amount of $10 million which he dated Thanksgiving 1995, days before he received the role of his life (cue the swelling of the schmaltzy music)—Dumb and Dumber.
Why am I talking about this here today?
As it turns out, I have been doing a lot of visualization myself lately. Except that I don’t like to call it that, but in the stillness of the night when all the day’s tasks are complete and the coffee is set for the morning hours, I like to sit and think about my life. And also imagine my future. My husband. My dogs. And children and a home always filled with good food, better wine, noise, laughter, and family. And I’m learning to juggle my career and getting used to mothers at PTA meetings, but I’m a bit older and have wrinkles and I’m still piling the hair on top of my head as though I’m Amy Winehouse’s long lost sister.
In my lucid dreams, I have a mini me (she’s a girl, in case you’re curious) and we play Carpool Karaoke on our way to school in the mornings and I introduce her to Phish and Paul Simon’s Graceland and Tori Amos but sometimes I let her play with the radio and we sing out loud to Lady Gaga.
Anyway, the Jim Carrey clip—it’s well worth listening to, if you haven’t already.
This idea of visualization reminds me a lot of PMA (Positive Mental Attitude), something I learned about when I first started dating Bryan. We always have the option to think positively as the vehicle to our own happiness and success (however you may define that).
Does intention setting mean we are making a deal with the universe, and do you think visualization helps us to achieve our goals? Or is this all just a matter of luck and circumstance? Please let me know in the comments if you have ever done this (or if you think this is all hokey!). I’d love to hear about some of the things you have visualized happening in your own life.
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Happy Monday, my sweets. Hope it’s a great week! XO