I believe Emerson is right, and I’d like to invite you to play around for the next few minutes with me, looking at these three ideas about Imagination.
The first idea is: Imagination is an INNATE ability we all possess. Innate means we are born with this. While it’s true that Imagination displays itself differently in each individual, at any age, and in every aspect/walk of life; would you agree it really is an enduring and permanent part
of what makes us human?
Some people try to convince themselves it is simply an ephemeral condition of childhood, or artists have a corner on the “imagination market”, or “No, I don’t have a good imagination”.
Yet, when we stop to think about it, isn’t imagination what allows us to learn from our mistakes over time, to dream big and make plans for the future? Without it, how would we transcend mere survival and responsibility to connect with our passion and purpose in life? Where would the FUN reside?
Let’s move on to Imagination being INTEGRAL to everything we do. Everything. Literally everything. If we start from the belief “our thoughts become things” (yes, both positive AND negative), then what stimulates that creativity and innovation to impact change and transformation … for individuals or families or ecosystems or cultures or the entire planet? Can you hear the tones of Imagination in these everyday phrases:
“Let’s think outside the box …”
“Which direction should I take on this project?”
“How many options do I have?”
“What are the possible outcomes of my decision?”
“Why is this vehicle operating poorly?”
“How can I make the baby happy?”
“How do we clean up this mess?”
“What can I do to help?”
“What do I REALLY want to accomplish in my life?”
Finally, would you agree our imaginations are IMPRESSIONABLE? They become sluggish and rusty if they aren’t stretched and exercised on a regular basis. Maybe that’s why so many adults think they don’t have (or have lost) their imaginations? But, how do we rekindle that glittery sparkle of vivid childhood imagining? I’m thinking… “just DO it”! Just start! Make it simple.
Pick a nice chair, relax, be still, and allow your mind to wander. Let all the “stuff” of life (the survivals and responsibilities) just float on by and daydream. Notice the mental path you’re on and if it branches into multiple, tempting directions, pick one and tumble and bounce along it and see where it takes you. You may find yourself headed toward limitless possible adventures.
Then, open your eyes and focus on something. Anything. Everything. Be curious. Learn new things. Change up your normal routine. Take a class. Re-engage childhood excitement and find new things that spark your interest. Expand your horizons; even if just inches at a time, until it encompasses your entire Universe. I guarantee, the view from the tip of your imagination is amazing!
Give it a try! Let me know how it goes.
Enjoy your journey this week, and do come again,