There are just some moments, petite periods of time when I just wasn’t motivated to do anything. Like now perhaps. Well, in my view, the easy way to get going again is to remember who I really am and why I’m here on this planet. Even if I didn’t know the answers to those questions they could be an excellent genesis for action. Why? Because they would require me to look inside, to examine myself and to ask myself some hard questions, questions that cannot go unanswered and still maintain a life that matters.
So for me, sometimes sitting idle produces the desire to allow the floodgates of my imagination to open. These portals are windows to possibilities I may not have considered otherwise.
While it is said that the eyes are the windows of the soul, I believe my imagination can be the entryway to a diverse universe. Even if I don’t totally understand that statement, the very use of it congers up all kinds of excitement for me. Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
Yeah, that’s what I want the fruit from my idleness to produce — evolution!
Okay, so maybe I got carried away a little bit with the evolution thing, but seriously, imagination, playfully employed can lead to some pretty exciting revelations in our lives — if we will allow it.
Those revelations can be about our careers, our relationships, our fears and the extraordinary miracles that can take place if we just crack open the window of possibility.
For me, the potential for growth in allowing my imagination to run wild has allowed me to work in an industrial engineering environment without an engineering degree, become an ordained priest in a non-denominational church without a divinity degree and to teach something new to those who were far advanced in their educations than I am. Now, that may not seem miraculous, or even worthy to you, but each one of those events began because I let down my resistance to what I thought was impossible in part, by using the same imagination that got this article started. AND, sometimes sitting back, doing nothing, when I don’t have something intentional to do, letting my mind joyfully wander, creates an atmosphere that employs my curiosity and imagination. I also encourage it if for nothing more than the stress reduction! Who needs virtual reality anyway?
I may not be the sharpest pencil in the box yet I am learning how to live my life in color.
Even though, and maybe especially because, I am of elder status I can say, “it may have taken me a few trips around the sun to learn some valuable lessons, but what I have learned through my imagination is opening up a universe that was light years away from where I once was.
Oh yeah, and one other tidbit as you stare out across the horizon of your castles in the air…be open to those whose travels/dreams/and journeys may intersect with yours. They will add even more color to the palette and they will become co-creators along with you. Who knows, you both just might influence the evolution of mankind!