Imagine that part 2

A new dresser (i.e. bed for Eleanor!) ...she looks like she is saying, "Excuse me, I was sleeping"

Seven years ago, I made a vision board. I cut out scenes from magazines that I liked, and glued them to a piece of poster board to look at everyday. At that point in my life, I had really wanted to move to a new home. We were living in the house that Jack owned when I met him, and for a number of reasons, it didn’t work well for us. At the same time, a teacher of mine said, “Make a list of the top ten things that you want, read the list  three times a day, and try to get as much feeling as you can, that what you want is already yours.” What I really wanted was a new home so that is mostly what I focused on.

This was some of the most difficult mental work that I had ever done. My mind kept going to the questions, “How is this going to happen? How can you afford to move? How can you move before you sell this house?” I had to keep dragging it back from the dreaded “Hows”. It felt at times like I was surrounded by an army whose sole purpose was to convince me that what I wanted was unreasonable…sometimes it seemed I was all alone, just this silly woman with a vision board and a notepad trying to imagine a wonderful home into my life.

After a couple of months, I drove by a sweet-looking place. We had no down payment, a fair amount (i.e. mountanin of) debt, and no savings. I called a realtor anyway, and made an appointment to see the house. The staircase was the exact one that I had on my vision board (and the house that I was looking at was over 100 years old).We are now living in that house. Our mortgage broker found a way to work the down-payment into the mortgage.

If your dreams don’t seem realistic then good. It means that they are not based on what you know (what your conscious mind can figure out, which is a pretty small thing compared to this vast Universe). It means that you are creating something better. And creating a better world is what we are here to do.

Nothing stands between you and the fulfillment of your dreams but facts, and facts are the creations of imagining. If you change your imagining, you will change the facts.” Neville Goddard (From, The Law and the Promise).

21 thoughts on “Imagine that part 2”

  1. Mary, I am learning so much from you, about following your heart’s desire, about using positive thought and prayer and their interconnectedness. And to all of you, my friends here who comment with wisdom and thoughtfulness, I am grateful, but today my heart is so heavy with sadness it is spilling over and I need to share with you all. My sweet 10 yr old Lab, Maverick died yesterday after suffering a pathologic fracture to his left hind leg. He was in a great deal of pain and X-rays and consultation with the vet revealed in all likelihood he had bone cancer. so we made the heart wrenching decision to euthanize him. My mind, my heart, my soul wanted to bring him home, wanted to say “wait, not now, we have so much more to share together!” He was my big happy boy and I loved him so much, will miss him so much. My 11 yr old female lab, Maggie is so quiet today, but her presence is strong and she comforts me. Thank you Mary for giving this format to express my grief and feel the support of our community.

    1. Heart ache, heart break, so fresh and new. Words feel clumsy right now but I’d be honored to send you a copy of Jon Katz’s new book “Going Home” from the Battenkill Bookstore, if I knew where to send it. (Maybe Mary has an address??)
      But meanwhile, know that your love of Maverick shines through and above all that pain. May there be peace.

    2. You said you were expressing grief and I read/heard an expression of love. I and others add to your love of Maverick.

    3. Oh Terri, my heart is aching for you! This is a pain that has no defining edges, and won’t for some time. Just reading your heart-words, I know what a wonderful life of love you gave to Maverick, and you showed that love right to the very end by putting his comfort ahead of your own.

      Be gentle with yourself and let your feelings go where they will with no restrictions.
      This flock is filled with love and support for you. In time, you will find peace.

    4. Terri…I had literally just read your sad, heartwarming comments about Maverick, when my phone rang. It was my 50 something sister, in tears, telling me she had just had to have her beloved 11 yr. old lab mix, Roxy, put down. Roxy was a sweet sweet girl…my sister’s big happy girl. While it is difficult to find the right words for either of you in this time of deep grief, I do know, Terri, that somewhere, your big happy boy today met my sister’s big happy girl…and they are happy, and at peace, together.

  2. Mary, I am learning so much from you, about following your heart’s desire, about using positive thought and prayer and their interconnectedness. And to all of you, my friends here who comment with wisdom and thoughtfulness, I am grateful, but today my heart is so heavy with sadness it is spilling over and I need to share with you all. My sweet 10 yr old Lab, Maverick died yesterday after suffering a pathologic fracture to his left hind leg. He was in a great deal of pain and X-rays and consultation with the vet revealed in all likelihood he had bone cancer. so we made the heart wrenching decision to euthanize him. My mind, my heart, my soul wanted to bring him home, wanted to say “wait, not now, we have so much more to share together!” He was my big happy boy and I loved him so much, will miss him so much. My 11 yr old female lab, Maggie is so quiet today, but her presence is strong and she comforts me. Thank you Mary for giving this format to express my grief and feel the support of our community.

  3. First….tooooo cute photo again. Mary, have you ever tried to get your whole flock of kitties and doggies all lined up for one photo? Would love to see that! And of course, all the names listed!
    Second…I am setting up a vision board today with your post right next to it.
    I know that a dream of mine is possible if I would only get off my duff and work at it,have some faith in myself, and not listen to that nagging negativeness in my brain. A constant battle. Why can’t we all be born with a negativity shut off (shut up) button? Would be so much easier.
    It so helps to read all your positive, wonderful posts from you and from all your readers and friends.
    Third, if anyone wants another cuteness fix, then they can go onto my farm girl studios site and see the lambs singing on a Brooks Brothers Ad. Yes…a Brooks Brothers Ad. I found it on Jenna’s Cold Antler Farm site last night and had to bring it over onto mine too.
    The more people who get to see it, the more smiles there will be in the world today!
    http://www.farmgirlstudios.com

    Looks like we all need a lift today, especially you Terri. I just saw your comment before I posted mine.
    So sorry for your loss. There will be many, many cyberspace hugs going out to you today.

    1. Loved the videos of the lambs and I also viewed some of your photos and comments – really wonderful.

  4. So sorry for your loss, Terri. I have no words of wisdom. People are different in the way they grieve anyway. Hug Maggie a few extra times today. You two will be the most comfort to each other in getting through the next days without Maverick. My heart goes out to you. I have lost four legged family members also, and you don’t “just get over it.” It takes time. Hugs.

  5. Dear Terri,
    I grieve with YOU and your family, in the sudden, unexpected loss of your beloved companion, MAVERICK. A vet once told me, after euthanizing our
    precious “Boo Cat” that in the end “we had given her the perfect gift of
    peace.” That thought softened my pain, as I hope it will yours.
    Blessings. Peace be with you (and yours) . . .
    jekyllcat

  6. My heart goes out to you Terry in the loss of your beloved friend. I have been thinking so much lately of my dear Murphy who left us almost a year ago. It hurts doesn’t it? I am finally on the list with our local “dog whisperer” for a new friend. I hope you can feel all of our hugs Terri. You gave Maverick a wonderful life. He is at peace now and I know he would want you to be at peace also. Bless you dear lady.

  7. I wanted to also thank you Mary for reminding us of what power we have in our creative minds. It is actually scary at times! I once took a seminar and at the end of it the leader told us to write down 10 things we wanted in our life in the next year. He said be bold, daring and creative but also be mindful of what you put down because you are going to get it. I put down my 10 things and really didn’t have a lot of faith in my list, It was bold and creative but I had listed things I didn’t think I could ever have. A year later I came across my list — everything I had written down was now in my life!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing that JoAnne..it is so encouraging to hear these stories…I can never get enough of them!

  8. Terri, I hope you feel the wings of the flock encircling you as we offer what comfort we can for the loss of your beloved Maverick. And extra hugs to Maggie too.

    Mary, I am working very hard at changing my mindset and absorbing this way of thinking, it’s so the antithesis of what comes naturally. And a vision board…. going to do that too. Hmmm

  9. Checking back in with the flock, and just am overwhelmed with the outpouring here. Thank you all so much for your condolences and loving care. Cheryl b. I have a copy of Jon’s book that I bought when it first came out. Thank you for your kind offer. Mary S. thank you for reminding me when you grieve it is because you love and that is as one famous beatle sang “all we need”. I am feeling much love and hugging and am once again grateful. Maverick is wagging away, I just know it!

  10. Dear Terri – I am checking in late today – so many of this loving group of friends have already expressed our heartfelt wish that you find peace and some small measure of comfort knowing that we too, have heavy hearts imagining you struck with such a sudden loss of your precious Maverick. Suzanne said it so well, ‘you put his comfort ahead of your own’. Let Maggie fill you up with all her sweet goodness, and she will feel your love in return. Together, best of all friends. Bless you Terri, words seem so hard to find today. But in Mary’s theme of imagining, imagine Maverick having crossed that beautiful bridge, in fact you can know it! And he is telling you not to be sad for him. You gave him the best life he could have ever asked for. I’d better stop before my keyboard gets wet – Love and a gentle hug, Susan

  11. I just want everyone to know how much I appreciate your kind and loving words. I feel very fortunate to have found this cyber family of friends. Maverick too, I know is feeling the love, (which he gave so freely). Thank you all so very much.
    I sent a message earlier that for some reason didn’t post, so if it comes through just know I am doubly grateful and feeling more peaceful this evening in large part because of you all.

  12. Terry I also send my condolences and tears for your loss. I send love and a
    hug for you and Maggie.

  13. Terri Brown, May peace and love surround you through your friends,your pack and the heavens above. It was strange to find this “Maverick” word over and over today. I feel your pain. I lost my “Maverick” ten mo. ago and was thinking today of how cute he was last Christmas with us all.My “Maverick” was a fifteen yr. old Mini Poodle. He was electric! Just wild,sweet and funny until he became ill.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Cindy Chambers

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