As I listen to my two youngest daughters playing with each other, it makes me chuckle. Their pretend play is enchanting. They are fairies, witches, babies, mommies, princesses, and princes. Their land of make-believe comes alive with every word and prop. Do you remember using your imagination like that when you were a young child? I sure do. It was magical and freeing and exciting!
What happens to our ability to “make-believe” as we get older? Yes, we mature and take on more and more responsibilities…but should that diffuse our wild imaginations? Unfortunately growing into an adult does just that. But I don’t think our imagination needs to go dormant.
Using your imagination is a very empowering tool. Picasso said, “Everything you can imagine is real.” What does that mean exactly? Well, I believe it means that all great ideas and dreams that come to fruition all begin with the imagination. If we can imagine it, it can be real and true for us.
Definition of IMAGINATION
1: the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality
2 a: creative ability
b: ability to confront and deal with a problem: resourcefulness <use your imagination and get us out of here>
c: the thinking or active mind : interest <stories that fired the imagination>
3: a creation of the mind; especially: an idealized or poetic creation
Unfortunately, many of us do not use our imaginations anymore. We get locked into our day-to-day routines…and our imaginations go silent. If we could get in the habit of igniting our imaginations once again, our world would open up to a whole new kind of wonderful.
What did you imagine when you were little? What did you want to be when you grew up? What did you day dream about before you acquired a job and a family and a career? Think back and let your mind wander. When you begin to use that part of your brain again, it will be easy to start imagining again.
After you get back in the hang of things with your mind, you can start to imagine concrete things that you want to change or get better in your life…say you want a new position in your office…maybe you want more money…or more time with your husband.
Whatever it is, start to imagine it as if it is already yours!
When you use your imagination, like a child does, you will encompass all of your senses, and all of your emotions will be involved. Guess what? Your brain doesn’t know if what you are thinking is real or not…so when you use your imagination to focus on the things you want in your life, your brain will think you already have them. You will start to attract those things that you desire! Try it!
Let your imagination run wild…Invite the magic back into your life!
Take Action: This week and moving forward, let’s reignite our imaginations! Let’s spend time each day imagining our life…just how we want it to be. Let’s use all our feelings and emotions and unlock our sleeping imaginations!
Because Together is Better,