An important part of my research for our upcoming book, It Will Always Be WALT Disney World, involves gathering quotes by Walt Disney that will introduce our chapters. His words have inspired R.J. and I for many years, and we're hoping, by including some of them in our new effort, we can pass that inspiration on to others.
Some of his more well-known remarks are framed or otherwise displayed in our home, giving us a constant reminder of this extraordinary man, and what he believed. Two of our favorites are "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing - that it all started with a mouse", and "All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them."
Recently, as we were preparing to move into our new residence, my husband and I were discussing what to "name" this house. It's been a tradition of ours, borrowed from British friends, to give each place we've owned a unique designation. Previously, we've chosen special geographic locations that spurred creativity in one way or another.
Our feeling, this time was that the name should reflect how this new personal space includes our creative spaces too, our workplaces if you will. We know that we will never stop pursuing new, artistic challenges, and we wanted to express that belief about what we hope will be our forever home. After quite a few attempts to come up with something that echoed our sentiments, we decided upon "Imagination Manor",
A couple of days later, R.J. was perusing a display of greeting cards at the post office, and one with a silhouette of Mickey Mouse caught his eye He picked it up and read it, then showed it to me, saying, "Read the inside." There was a quote from Walt that neither of us had ever seen before: "Imagination has no age and dreams are forever." I looked up at him and we both said the same thing at the same time: "It's a sign!"
R.J. has beautifully framed that card, complete with its Mickey image and quotation, and it hangs in our entryway. Walt Disney's words now have a truly new inspiration for us, and we hope to generate that to our readers with our next published effort.