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When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
Recently, we prepared for my future daughter-in-law’s wedding shower. My daughter, as maid of honor, was going crazy trying to come up with an idea for table center pieces and couldn’t get anyone to agree or come up with alterative ideas. The problem she was having was that the bridesmaids wanted something original and they were looking at like traditional wedding sites for them.
Now if you know me, you know I like to get things done, and done right and move on. So I grabbed said daughter and headed to a craft store and began to search the isles for the one thing that would become the nucleus of our original creation. Within ten minutes if entering the store we found it. A vase that had the lines from of the era we wanted to be our party theme. They were even the perfect height.
Continuing our search, we found the ideal mirrors which would be the base for the vases. Together we stood in the isle, envisioning what would fill the vases; candles, colored water, rocks, flowers, feathers, goldfish?
The goldfish was an immediate no as was the feathers and flowers. But the candles, rocks and colored water, they remained on the list. The church where the shower was to be held, wouldn’t allow burning candles and we didn’t want taking a chance of water spilling over the tables setting, so that left the rocks.
After placing several types of commercially packaged rocks and glass beads into the vase we found clear pebbles. Hmm. They had the look but they needed something more. We broke open a battery operated candle and shoved it down into the pebbles. The rocks and glass shimmered with Hollywood glitz but it needed something more to set them off. Glitter. We sprinkled the stones with hot pink and black glitter (the party’s theme colors) and dang we did it. We had an original centerpiece perfect for the occasion.
Why am I telling you this story?
When presented with a problem, whether it is to cook something new for dinner, or decorate for an occasion, or write the next great American novel, open your mind. Exercise the right half of it. Think beyond what you already know and don’t be afraid to experiment. Embrace the fantasy.
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