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Imagination = Reality

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To some, the proposition that imagination equals reality may seem a bit far fetched – the delusion of someone living in a fantasy world. Interestingly, while it is generally accept that we can make ourselves ill with worry, we have a harder time accepting that we can help to make ourselves well with a more positive attitude. I think this notion extends quite a bit further – into everything we do and ultimately into the kind of life we end up with.

Many people have this idea that I was “to the manor born,” but in actuality I started as a small town boy in very average circumstances. Despite the somewhat limited situation I had a pretty lively fantasy world and was always dreaming large. I had a picture of the kind of life I wanted to live quite early on, but it took me some years to realize that my life could actually BE the fantastic story I was creating in my mind. With this realization I began to listen to myself, to stop looking for approval outside of myself, and to simply give myself permission to be who I wanted to be.

I have since made it my mission to put a positive spin on everything that happens. I find this kind of positivity and confidence can really send a powerful message out to the universe – it’s that “spark” that can definitely help to open doors.

I am constantly amazed by all the magical things that are happening in my life, and I continue to tell a better story each day. The better it gets-the better it gets I like to say. Why not have some fun and start telling an outrageously wonderful story about what you want your life to look like!

Stopping for a moment to enjoy a dreamy Autumn day I’m wearing a cognac micro corduroy suit by Gucci, a brown silk/cotton Russian inspired floral print shirt, python belt with silver buckle, wool challis striped scarf in orange, brown and beige, brown suede and leather satchel all by Gucci, cotton plaid pocket square by Ralph Lauren, orange suede tasseled loafers by Etro and KVA sunglasses by Oliver Peoples.

33 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    Dear James,

    Hearing your voice come through my computer is amazing ! You have taken your blog to a whole new level by expressing yourself in such a personal and thus meaningful way ! Thanks for the shared thoughts. I very much admire any man who knows himself so well.

    Dean Farris, Naples

  2. Cecilia Fuentes Ibarburu says:

    A natural born light. Beautiful from inside and outside. Incouraging and inspirating others. We need more people like you!

    Be blessed,
    Cecilia.

  3. Paulette P. says:

    James,
    This is masterful and my vote for the Top 10 WIJW posts. Another blog could be WIJ Thinking, I would certainly tune in. You live a greater story and this is to be inspired to.

  4. Daniel says:

    Don’t take this the wrong way, but this is so not what I expected to see on this blog. Yet, this is a wonderful surprise.
    Your words are truly beautiful and inspiring.

  5. Talitha Love says:

    Serendipity….Quite by accident, I found myself here on your site this morning.
    I needed to hear these words. I shall print them out and hold them close until I learn them by heart. Thank you!!

  6. Maria La Torre says:

    Querido James,

    Tienes toda la razón, nuestra realidad la creamos con nuestros pensamientos y mientras mejores sean éstos mejor será nuestra realidad.

    Me encantó este post.

    Muchos Cariños

    Maria

  7. camille says:

    james, you have such an amazing style. everything you put together is always great. fantastic mix and match of materials and colors. i am a girl yet i really feel inspired each time. thanks and keep it like this !

    camille

  8. Jackie@Dollhouse says:

    I always wanted to live in a Barbie world, I was always thinking about to live in a pretty dollhouse in front of the sea in Florida and that became true, I´m glad there are still people like you around James!

    Jackie

  9. Rosie McNamara says:

    You are totally right my dear James, I will imagine a wonderful reality. I can see you have created a wonderful world with your thoughts, so will I.

    love,

    Rosie

  10. Freiin von Spiering says:

    When I was a little girl my grandmother used to tell me that I could have everything I can wish with all my heart, today I see that it´s true, thank you for this wonderful story my dear James.

    Hugs

    Marie Freiin von Spiering

  11. Edie B. says:

    Dear James,

    I totally agree with you James I wished all my life to have my own show and so was it!

    love,

    Edie

  12. Secret Admirer says:

    My dear James,

    My only dream is to be like you. You are an ever shining star!

    Secret Admirer

  13. Absolutely in Love says:

    you look magnificent with those orange shoes, the scarf is a dream…….

  14. Paper Doll says:

    Lovely story James, I can imagine you were a very sweet and handsome boy…….I´m glad you live now in the wonderful world you have created!

    Paper Doll

  15. Johann Graf von Auersperg says:

    Dear James,

    I always use to say: “I have a wonderful live and all is well in my world” if everyone would act and think like this everyone would live in a wonderful world…….you look fantastic.

    Best regards

    Johann

  16. metro intern says:

    This outfit is the perfect Autumn ensemble! Great colours, great peices, great look!

  17. metro intern says:

    This outfit is the perfect Autumn ensemble – Great colours, great peices, great look!

  18. Lola Montes says:

    Me encanta James, soy tu más grande admiradora, es maravilloso como con tu manera tan positiva deser atraes todo y a todos, estoy feliz de haber descubierto tu blog!

    Mil besos

    Lola

  19. Muy agradecida says:

    I absolutely love yourblog James!

  20. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Dear James,

    What a lovely post! I´m back from my trip I must say I had a wonderful time and now I find this wonderful story about your childhood and all your dreams that came true! I´m so glad to be back! You look uberfantastic!

    Love

    Mara

  21. Super Trooper says:

    Starting the day reading your blog is the best thing that could happen to someone…….

    ST

  22. Pink Cinnamon says:

    I like to think that I am always surrounded by beauty and happiness…….you not only share your fashion tips, you share with us your life experience and that´s awesome!

  23. Thank you for your positive thought. I believe we have more power than we think!
    I love your fall colored ensemble and would kill for that scarf.

  24. Michael says:

    Thank god I stumbled upon this entry today. I’ve been feeling kind of down about my future, whether it be tomorrow or years down the road. You definitely gave me a spark, at least for the rest of the day! Thank you!

  25. Shani says:

    What wonderful words and a beautiful attitude. I’m going to have to refer back to this post when I’m feeling negative about what is to come. Thanks. xoxo

  26. Vinicius says:

    Beautiful View, your clothes looks ‘Stunning’ =D

  27. David says:

    Good for you James, you are an inspiration (and it doesn’t hurt that you’re cute and wear that cognac micro-corduroy like no one else could!).

  28. David Tomassi says:

    A truly inspirational piece. The most beautiful part is it is a true story of growth from the inside out. You are not only telling the “story” you’re living proof of who we can be, and we do not have to be what we are perceived to be. Thank you for sharing James.

  29. Jen says:

    Thank you for your wise words!

  30. Bruno says:

    This is wondeful seeing these colors during fall, I want more!

  31. Cassandra says:

    Just marvelous. You just get better and better and I can’t stop smiling after that post!

  32. Schnipsi says:

    Dear James,
    Diana Vreeland would have loved it. Divine.
    keep on like this – a gray world needs shining stars like you
    your ever
    schnipsi von de buttermilch

  33. maria says:

    Id love to sit and have a coffee with someone so artistic!

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