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It’s possible to go anywhere through our imagination

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” — Walt Disney.

Last week I wrote about having imagination and how it relates to problem solving. In other words I spoke of the practical application of imagination instead of daydreaming and fantasizing about a land far, far away.

No matter if we like to admit it or not, we need imagination in our life. It is a key component to our everyday living. The ability to see beyond the situation at hand and come up with ways to fix problems is what separates the doer from the complainer.

We all know people who think there is only one way of going about a problem, and those people are the ones who will never go far in life. However, people who can use their imagination to solve problems leave the others behind.

But imagination goes beyond practical application and into a world full of make believe and awestruck wonder. In other words it’s the ability of a person to be creative in their mind and then bring it out for the whole world to enjoy. It could be paintings, drawings, writings, crafts or other creative things.

People around the world have made good livings and inspired others through their imagination. Others just do it purely out of love. Their imagination runs wild to the point that they must express creativity, and they do it out of joy.

For me, my imagination has always be one of my best assets. I can look at an object and give an outlandish story. I have the ability to see scenes of a story play out in my head.

When I was little, I wanted to be writer, but the problem was I wasn’t very much into detail. To this day people remind me that I’m not much for details. I would write a story and jump ahead to the interesting parts, forgetting about building it up.

In writing one of the key elements is the build-up: getting people hooked on the story. I thought there was no way I could write a novel because I’m not detailed enough. However, even though I write nonfiction, it still unlocks my imagination. I think when I am in the mode of writing, one of the things that follows is my ability to see things play out in my mind.

For example, I was hiking with my girlfriend over at Mohican. As we entered the woods, I could see another world unfolding before me eyes in the theater of my mind, a world full of stone-age worriers going into battle with dragons, elves, good vs. evil and more. It was like something out of “The Lord of the Rings” books. My imagination did what it always does. It ran wild.

Sadly for many of us we don’t allow our imagination to run wild anymore. Now that we’ve become adults, imagination seems so childish in many ways. We have bills to pay, jobs to do and more important things to worry about.

I would come back and ask if you have any small children? If the answer is yes, I think a parent should use imagination a lot to tell bedtimes stories and for play. I used to work at a day care, and trust me, you have to have a lot of imagination in order to keep them entertained.

It was easy on a nice day when we could go out and play outside, but on a rainy day, if we didn’t use our imagination, there’s no telling what would happen. When you have 20 school-age kids in a section of a day care and each one of them is a ball of energy, watch out! So we had to use our imagination to keep them from tearing the place up.

Do you know that your imagination is a gift from God Almighty? The one who put the universe in motion gave us imagination. That gift is to be given back to him with love and obedience.

If God gave you the ability to tell a story, you need to share it with others. Do you know any little kids? I know they love being told a good story. You don’t have to be a writer in order to entertain little children. Plus their parents will love you for that because you can keep them out of their hair for a few minutes.

Do you paint or draw? Those are very good hobbies to have. It relaxes people and helps them to unwind from a stressful day or week. I would even go so far as to classify writing, painting and drawing as types of therapy because they allow people to express their emotions on paper or canvas.

Many people paint or draw just for fun, and no one sees their work, and that is fine. I would encourage some of you to show some of your family and friends your art work. Their response might be enough to encourage you to do more, and only God knows where that will lead.

Remember imagination is a great gift from God. Don’t waste it.

Published: March 27, 2017
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