“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Albert Einstein
As I sit here this morning and look around my apartment I realize all the things that are at my disposal because of someone’s imagination: the computer I type on, the internet that connects me live with the rest of the world, the chair I’m sitting on, the coffee I’m drinking, the electricity that is powering the computer. Proof of imagination is all around us! So why is it that as adults we seem to utilize this wonderful ability less and less?
As children we are forever dreaming. In her song “Both Sides of Now” Joni Mitchell talks about how she used to look up at the clouds and see ice cream castles, but now, they only “block the sun, they rain and snow on everyone”. Who can remember looking up to the sky, locking eyes with the clouds and seeing the most amazing sights? So what happens?
It’s hard to say for sure, but, I think it has something to do with being told to “pay attention”. Thinking back to early grade school, teachers often reprimanded students for “daydreaming” and demanded that they “quit that non-sense and pay attention”. This message repeated over and over again eventually gets through and we slowly lose the development in what is really a mental muscle – imagination. Just as physical muscles need to be “worked out” in order to remain strong, mental muscles must also be exercised or they too will lose their strength. We’ve all heard the phrase “use it or lose it” and it couldn’t be more true to the mental faculty imagination.
JFK once said ” The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by the skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”
Imagination holds all the answers to how life will be in the future. It is up to us and we must take responsibility for this magical talent that we have all been equipped with. Do you honestly think it’s an accident that we have this amazing ability? I don’t!
Take some time today, be a kid again and imagine….
May all your “dreams” come true!