Head In The Clouds? Not a Bad Thing.

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Ethel was different. She always had her head in the clouds.



At one time, this little “wit” had a fairly negative meaning.  If someone had their head in the clouds, it meant they were living in a fantasy and oftentimes a manner with no real direction or purpose.  Kind of like preschoolers.  Very annoying sometimes.

However, I think people who have their head in the clouds and keep at least ONE foot on the ground are often a joy to be around.  These people are the creative ones, these people are often the upbeat ones, these people are the ones most likely to listen to others and be open to new ideas and compromises.  These are the people who manage to rise above the mundane, the norm, and still stay grounded.

What kind of a world would we have if we didn’t have those around us who lift us up into their higher, lofty and oftentimes extraordinary way of thinking.  It would be a world without the movies, music, comedy, art and theatre that make us stop and take note!  It takes someone with their head in the clouds and at least one foot on the ground to make our world less dull, less ordinary, and better overall.

I recently discovered an American author who is no longer with us, but during his very prolific and successful writing years was considered “one of the best loved American writers of the 20th century, renowned for his inspirational wisdom and wit.”  Back in the 1980s a lot of his writings wound up in cards and gift books that were sold in Hallmark stores.  Let me share one of the many things he wrote which I just love and is worth keeping in mind.

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.  Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than you found it…” – Wilferd Peterson

So… I invite you to do so.  Just remember to stay grounded.  No one really enjoys a loose balloon.






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