Reading-The fastest way to everywhere

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Nothing is achieved, invented or made without it first being imagined. A mental picture is formed, the end outcome may be different from how it was first imagined but it all sparks from that first image.

Therefore the importance of a healthy imagination developed in early childhood and carried right throughout life cannot be overemphasized.

Real life stories to inspire – Guest Post

Aletha imagination and dreamsMy special guest writer Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D. brings us a two-part insight into how books inspired her imagination into leading a full and purposeful life.

Part I

Reading-The fastest way to everywhere

I grew up as an only child, in a home that was not well off financially. With no siblings and few neighborhood kids, I used my imagination to have fun. I watched television shows but there was no internet or digital devices for entertainment. Mostly, I read books which became my favorite pastime.


I still have my three favorite books-Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, Better Homes and Gardens Story Book, and The Golden Treasury of Natural History. All of which have survived multiple moves in readable condition. I don’t read them now, but reading continues to be my favorite way to pass a relaxing evening or rainy afternoon.

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When I was young, my mother enjoyed country music and she never missed a TV show featuring a pretty young blonde singer. With her bouffant hairstyle and frilly dresses, I thought the singer was a famous star. I didn’t know she was new to country music, trying to break into the business, and this was her first major opportunity.

Dolly Parton follows her dream

The blonde singer ’s talent and hard work paid off. Dolly Parton became one of the most successful country music artists of all time, and she’s still performing. She has won numerous Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given by the United States government for excellence in the arts.

Dolly Parton’s dream extended to include success as a singer, songwriter, producer, actress, and business owner. She is also caring and generous, contributing to numerous charitable causes, especially advocating for literacy and education.

Inspiring the imagination of others

Reading, imagination, dreaming,Through her Dollywood Foundation, she established Dolly Parton’s Imagination library .  A book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, her program has 1.2 million registered children and has distributed over 100 million books.

On the website, Dolly writes,

“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer. The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”


My dream of becoming a doctor

I know this is true because it happened that way for me. My dream of becoming a doctor was birthed from books I borrowed from my local library. When I discovered the library, or rather the bookmobile which came first to my neighborhood, I didn’t just find books- I found the world.  

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As I walked down the aisle between the bookshelves, reading the book titles, those words introduced me to a world I didn’t know and people whose lives fascinated and challenged me. I was especially drawn to stories about doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers and believed that was the most interesting and worthwhile job anyone could do.

One story in particular, grabbed my attention. An American doctor who went to a country far away to help people who were sick and poor. Realizing how much need there was, he spent the rest of his life helping people overseas. In my imagination, I was going to travel to a foreign land and treat patients myself, although I didn’t know how that would ever happen.


In part 2, I’ll tell you more about that and about Dolly Parton.

Our guest author – You will enjoy visiting her website and following her on facebook

Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D. is a family physician and blogger. She has practiced in a variety of Aletha imagination and dreamssettings-family practice clinic, hospital, emergency and urgent care clinics, nursing homes. On her blog, Watercress Words-exploring the HEART of health, she writes to inform and inspire her readers to maximize their health and wellbeing by treating and preventing illness in safe and effective ways.

Besides exploring health, she likes to explore the world. She and her husband travel for vacations and to volunteer. They pursue ballroom dancing for fun and health, socially and competitively. They have two adult sons and two grandchildren.

Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

Blogs at Watercress Words- a blog exploring the HEART of HEALTH


Do you find that books inspire and motivate you?

Do you allow yourself to dream and imagine things that you would like to do?

Maybe you have a story to tell that would encourage us all to be more creative in how we live. Let’s Create is waiting for your inspiring story. To be a guest writer, check it out here.



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