Recently I was watching a television program when all of a sudden an advertisement for a movie starring Sylvester Stallone appeared. The promo showed clips from all of his past movies. There were brief clips from all of the Rocky movies, all of his Rambo movies, and many of the other films in which he had had a leading role. At the end of the ad a quote appeared on the screen that said, “I am a manifestation of my own imagination!” – Sylvester Stallone.
As I read that, I realized how true that statement is. Sylvester Stallone invented all of the characters that he played. He created them in his own mind and imagination. Then he went about following his dreams and became the manifestation of the things he had thought he could accomplish.
You may already be aware that I am a huge fan of the Rocky and Rambo movies. Those characters are infamous! Anyone who has seen those movies would immediately identify with the strength and power those characters displayed.
Rocky was the fighter who kept getting beaten up, in the ring, and in life. Yet, he kept coming back, over and over until he eventually became the champion.
Just before the final Rocky movie, Rocky Balboa, was released, I remember thinking that Stallone had gotten too old to play that part again. But, even in previews for that final movie, he disarmed everyone’s negative thoughts right up front by addressing the issue himself. The previews showed him commenting that he was too old to think about boxing again. However, they also showed him realizing that boxing was still in his blood and that he had to get in the ring one more time. Because the audience was disarmed by Rocky’s own comments, the movie was a huge success. And, in my opinion, perhaps it was the best of the entire series.
We are all unique individuals with different dreams and imaginations. What are the imaginations that are still in your heart that have never been fulfilled? What are some of the dreams and goals that could still be manifested in your life if you simply focused or worked a little harder, or worked a little longer?
I realize that the older you get, the harder it is to complete and fulfill some of the dreams you had earlier in life, but, it’s just like Yogi Berra, the great baseball player once said, “Hard work ain’t easy!”
We only get to go through life once, so I would like to be a cheerleader on your team, encouraging you to do everything in your power to bring about the manifestation of your thoughts, dreams, and imagination. If you only had one wish and you could see it fulfilled, what would that one wish be? It all starts in your own imagination. I believe with all my heart that prayer is a great way of expressing to God that desire. He will help you fulfill those dreams and imaginations. After all, who put those dreams in your heart in the first place? And, who might want to birth them in your life in the future? Those are questions worth considering.
I don’t know about you, but my mind is always “churning” on something. My imagination wanders around the globe several times every day. While my aspirations and dreams do not involve making movies, I do have dreams that I want to see fulfilled in my life, and, thanks to Sylvester Stallone, I realize that they start in my own imagination. They can be worked out through my life as I learn and grow on a daily basis.
Fairy tales can come true – they can happen to you, through your imagination and efforts!
Tip: Be a manifestation of your own imagination.
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm