What if you could have a conversation with your younger self? What experiences would you share? What advice would you give? Drop in on the unfiltered conversation between Annie Younger, aged 25, and Annie Older, 35 years her senior. As references are made to prior episodes, the conversation is best understood if followed sequentially from the beginning. Click here to read the first installment.
Annie Older: Love that question, Annie Younger. You asked, how did I—how will you—come to use your imagination and daydreaming as a catalyst for transformation? You know why I love it? Because I believe humanity, with all its pressing issues, needs to learn how to tap into its collective imagination and daydreaming to transform itself. And we—you and I—make up the collective, Annie Y. So if everybody was to ask the same question you just asked, it would be a great start to humanity’s transformation.
Annie Younger: That’s pretty heavy stuff, Annie O. What are you talking about?
Annie O: The amazing thing about personal life transformation, Annie Y, is that by changing ourselves we cannot help but change the world. Actually, saying “changing ourselves” is misleading. I should have said, by “becoming ourselves” we cannot help but change the world. It’s a win-win thing. You become who you want to be—who you’re meant to be—not who someone else or society wants you to be, and you find fulfillment and purpose and meaning in your life, which feels like falling head over heels in love with life! I’m talking from personal experience here. And, when you’re manifesting your genuine, unique self, you’re feeling so damn good. You’re happy and at peace and you can’t help but spread that throughout your sphere of influence, whether big or small. To this point, I received the loveliest comment the other day from a co-worker in an email message—
Annie Y: What’s an email message?
Annie O: Sorry, I keep forgetting, Annie Y, that you’re living in a pre-computer era. For the time being, let’s just say an email message is a note that’s typed by using something like a typewriter keyboard, but instead of typing onto paper you type onto something like a television screen that’s attached to the keyboard and then when you’re done typing your message you hit a “send” button and your message is sent through cyber space and shows up on the TV-like screen of the person’s computer that you’re sending it to. Email is short for electronic mail.
Annie Y: Through cyber space? People have their own computers?
Annie O: Okay, there’s a lot of explaining to do around this. Can we come back to it another time?
Annie Y: Yeah, sorry for the interruption. Can’t wait to hear about this science-fictiony future world you live in, though. You were saying a co-worker sent you a lovely comment in an email message.
Annie O: Yes. She said it’s always a pleasure working with me, and I epitomize what every employee should strive to be. Other co-workers have told me I have a real skill at bringing calm to heated situations. This isn’t to brag, Annie Y. I bring up these comments only as real examples of what I’m saying about positively impacting one’s sphere of influence. I didn’t set out saying to myself “I want to be a role model in the office.” I started down the path of becoming my real, unencumbered self, and while in the process of enjoying personal rewards from this journey, I’ve also been a positive influence on my environment. That’s how humanity transforms, Annie Y. One human at a time. It’s the only way.
Annie Y: I see what you’re saying. You might say humanity is like the human body. My body is made up of a bajillion cells. If those individual cells are healthy, then I’m healthy. If my cells aren’t healthy, there’s no way I, as a whole, can be healthy. Human wellness has to start at the cellular level. Humanity’s wellness has to start at the person level.
Annie O: Well said, Annie Y. I like your analogy. We strayed away from our discussion about how we can use our imagination and daydreaming as a catalyst for transformation, but I think this conversation has been a good preamble because it’s so important to understand how each person’s transformation from inauthenticity to genuineness, from suppression to release of potential, is so valuable to the quality of your life and others around you. Before we get back to our initial topic of discussion, I want to share a quote by Michelangelo that, to my mind, summarizes what I’ve been talking about regarding personal transformation being the only way to transform humanity. He said “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Annie Y, this hurting world, more than ever before, needs angels. And these angels are all around us. Too many of them, though, are trapped in the marble of their limiting self-beliefs, self-doubts and lack of self-awareness and self-confidence. Imagination and day-dreaming are a prerequisite for carving away the marble.