#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Mind Movies

If you follow this blog, you’re a reader.
If you’re a reader, you have a highly developed imagination.
This is a GOOD thing, for the most part, but there are perils to be considered.
Watch out for those mind movies!
The ones you make up in your head, starring you.
These are often disaster flicks, minor and major, with casts of thousands–(somebody always refuses to follow the script, have you noticed? Smile here)–with titles like, (Insert your name), LOSES HER JOB. DIES IN FIERY CRASH. GAINS WEIGHT. IS DESTINED TO BECOME A BAG-LADY.
The titles are endless. The sets are convincing, and the costumes are authentic. But it’s still a movie.
Meanwhile, the Ultimate Reality Show is going on all around you.
Don’t miss it!
Don’t sit in that little theatre in your head, making up dark stories, most of which are probably a variation on the chicken-little, the-sky-is-falling theme. And don’t give in to the temptation to work up better movies for yourself.
Get out there and play your role. Be on stage. You’ll have to ad-lib, since there’s no script, but hey, you’re up to that. You’ve got a great imagination, and you’re quick on your feet, after dancing in all those one-woman, or one-man, productions.
When you need a break, dive into a good book. That’s what they’re for–they’re refuges for busy minds and spirits. It’s your personal Bijou I’m asking you to avoid.
Come on out. Join the fun.
There’s all the drama you could want. The occasional cliff-hanger, too. It’s an adventure film, after all. It’s all good–if you remember you’re playing a part.

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