Imagine and Explore

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I'm not going to leave my husband and children and take up with a rock band, but…

…when I saw O's blurb on the Ladies Rock Camp, a weekend fundraiser in which women learn how to play instruments and write songs, I knew this was something I didn't want to just imagine or think about, it was a possibility I wanted to explore.

I suppose I have been noodling on this possibility for several weeks now.

In February, my husband, kids and I went to visit our friends, Renee and Troy Tribe. Troy and the three oldest kids have started a rock band. After dinner, they performed '70s classics “Smoke on the Water” and “Takin' Care of Business” in their basement studio. It was a highlight of the vacation.

I found myself thinking, why not?

But I just imagined…. and then my imagining was done, with no exploratory follow-up.

Which is what we often do.

No surprise really.

We are primed to stop at imagine, whether it's because we don't want to be disappointed, or vulnerable, because we may not be very good. Or we don't want to be impractical. Why spend the time if we aren't really going to pursue something, to seriously commit to it?

There's an irony in this.

If we will allow ourselves to move beyond imagine to explore, knowing that we get to say no at any point, it's really quite liberating.

We have so many commitments, commitments that we want and need to keep, to our God, family, friends, community, work.

But there are some things we don't have to commit to. We get to do these things for a day, a week, even a month, and then if we want to, we can be done with it, and go on to imagine and explore another possibility.

Like Ladies' Rock Camp.

What possibility have you been imagining or daydreaming about, but haven't yet explored?

When you have moved from imagining to exploring, did you have fun?

What did you discover about yourself that you hadn't known previously?

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