Imagination

Imagination

As we lay down one dream for another reality, we continue to push ourselves away from imagination. Some of us have forgotten how to dream, while others never got the chance to learn. Imagination is what makes us human, our ability to dream, and our ability to think outside of reason. The word “pipedream” is a verbalization of the force that strips us of our futures as we accept whatever reality we are in. It’s partially caused by the self-entitlement attitude, which has swept the nation for the past ten years and has grown stronger with each generation. I heard it once said that for you to truly be in your purpose and fulfilling your destiny you have to find that thing that most makes you come alive, then go, and do that one thing. Some of the other culprits of the “pipedream” idea are comfort, sense, right/wrong, responsibility, and most of these criminals are legitimate needs. Yet, when you find that one thing and do it, you will find that those needs are met. This is not about wealth, or status. It’s about life. It’s about doing that thing that fills you with life. I wonder sometimes if people push those dreams aside because they are not willing to work hard, or take risks. To dream is to risk, and to imagine is to refuse mediocrity. We all influence, to a point, the world around us, but imagine if we were living in the fullness of ourselves and our God given abilities. That impact would be more like a crater. We as people accept what the world gives us our lot in this life. Whether it is fear, necessity, or just plan ignorance, we accept it and call it our life. What about those dreams? What about all those things you once imagined you could be? What, did we all grow up too fast and forget how to imagine life however we wanted it to be? Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover or create.” Ironic, this quote is coming from one of the most knowledgeable men to every live. I’ve heard it said repeatedly, “Accept that this is life and make the best of it.” Why? I cannot accept anything less that greatness. I will not accept any life other than the one I create from my desires and my gifts, which were put in me by God. Go and do that thing. I, just as most of the world, have become bogged down in everyday life; trying to make a living, trying to be someone, trying to show the world how handsome and smart I am. As my dreams have slipped away so has my ability to imagine new things. I’m taking a trip back to when I was ten years old, I’m grabbing a hold of that limitless imagination and I am bringing it back with me. Both a dreamer and a doer extensively exercise their imaginations, yet, the difference is that the doer acts on those dreams. The longer we sit and wait the easier it becomes to talk ourselves out of these things. Action is the key. Yes sometimes you may be wrong, sometimes you may fail, but as Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again because there is not effort without error and shortcoming.” Take some time and go find some wilderness, because the wild is where the heart lives, and spend a few hours there asking God to remind you of your dreams and re-spark your imagination. Because what is life without the possibility of something impossible.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s