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Week 8 – Do What You Do

Imagination is more important than knowledge.  For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.  ~Albert Einstein

This has long been one of my favorite quotes, and since we were really challenged to use our imagination this week, it was at the forefront of my mind.

Our challenge:  To take an object in our imagination — specifically, a battleship — and deconstruct it to its humble beginnings.  It makes you stop to think about the enormity of the project:  how many people were involved in the building, the design, the procuring of materials…

It’s overwhelming!

My problem:  I didn’t feel all that creative this week, since I was busy packing up a house I’ve lived in for the past 15 years.

That’s where I was wrong.

Have you ever moved?

That involves a BOATLOAD of imagination and creativity!

The coordination of people and activities…cancelling services, starting services, transferring services, hiring movers, enlisting friends and family to assist with supervising the move…and, of course…



The packing is easy at first…you get to choose what to pack first, and how it goes into the box.  You declutter.  You carefully designate what goes to the new home, what gets donated, and what is trash.

Some items bring back memories of where you bought it, who you were with, and how it’s been used in your home.  Then, using our exercise to take that item back in time, you can think about every involved in the process of creating that item.

Can’t linger too long on those memories…there’s too much packing to do!

The whole process is a well oiled machine…for the first 30 boxes or so.  Then you get to a point where every room in the house is partially packed, and navigating the household is done with precise movements to avoid the “land mines” of boxes neatly stacked throughout the house.

Now it’s time to get creative!

You’re getting creative with your meals so you can “eat down the refrigerator.”

You’re using boxes as “tables” to hold packing paper and roll glassware.

You’re using a pizza screen with a paper towel on it as a “plate” so you can pack your dishes.

There are items you want to pack, and yet you can’t find a box that’s the right size.

Or you have the box, and nothing else to go in the box that’s the right size, shape, or weight.

And then, in some cases, you are able to carefully — and even artfully — arrange items in a box to maximize space and efficiency, while simultaneously (hopefully!) minimizing breakage.

{NOTE:  Nearly every box in my house says “FRAGILE!” on it.  I LITERALLY live in a glass house!  Nearly everything in my house is metal and glass.  I’ve decided that when I finish unpacking I’m going to have a FIELD DAY rolling around on all the bubble wrap!  It’s THERAPY!!!}

But I digress…

It gets to the point — for me, 2 days before move-out day — where I just don’t care anymore.  Dump it into a box and just say FUHGETTABOUTIT!!!  (Or, sometimes, a more colorful term.)

So I’ve been thinking about the Einstein quote above, and came across this video that brought tears to my eyes.  The video is just shy of 9 minutes long, and well worth watching.  See the MKMMA teachings.  See the passion.  See the imagination.  See the INSPIRATION!

Now go be inspired to DO WHAT YOU DO!

(And do it NOW!)