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June 18, 2012

The Power of Our Imagination


“Our imagination it is our greatest ally . . . Imagination is a very, very powerful thing. It literally invents the path before you.”
–Glen Hansard

Texting, Facebook, video games, and other devices that capture our attention, can slowly dull one of our most powerful tools that is needed to create the life we most desire – our imagination.

As a child, you may have had an imaginary friend. You may have dreamed grand adventures of flying like Superman, or sipping tea with the Queen of England. Wherever your imagination took you, it was an opportunity to step out of the present to create what might be and oh, wasn’t it fun?

While yes, an overactive imagination can drive the belief behind conspiracy theories, distrust in humans and a step into the world of insanity, this is even more reason to welcome balance into our lives, and choose to use our imaginations as a tool of hope to help lead us to a life where we can fulfill our highest potential and satiate our passions.


“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” - Frank Outlaw

You may be wondering, when and how can our imaginations be sparked? The opportunities are endless: day-to-day experiences, traveling, books, music, word/mind games, films, conversations with others, lectures, classes, photographs, art, history, new experiences – the list goes on . . .



Now that you are an adult, your imagination is still capable of being uber-creative, and the most exciting news is you have even more potential to act on what pops into your mind. So keep a journal, record your thoughts, wildest dreams and most daring hopes, and then, dare to believe that you can make what you’ve imagined become your reality.

Want to become a fashion magazine editor? Start writing and attending fashion shows in your area. Want to serve as a senator for your state? Start serving on various local councils and give time back to your community in an effort to better your local neighborhood. Want to live in France? Begin to learn the language. In other words, what you dare to imagine may one day just be the beginning of your very own legend that inspires others one day to chase their dreams.


Have a look at five benefits to letting your imagination remain an active participant in your adult life:

Benefits of an Active Imagination:

1. Squashes Fears

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” -Plutarch

When imaginations are fueled by hope and a desire to create something better, or to become someone better, even if we’ve never accomplished it ourselves or seen an example that resembles exactly what we imagine, we begin to weaken the hold our fears have over our direction in life and instead work toward what might be.

2. Boosts Intelligence

If you continue to conjure solutions to problems that currently exist, your drive to prove how that solution might work forces you to educate yourself, seek out information, thus boosting what you know about any given topic.

3. Forever Young

“Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.” -Charles F. Kettering

Curiosity may not have been a cat’s best friend, but it certainly prolongs the life of humans. By remaining curious about the world around you, no matter what your age, you keep exercising your brain which reduces the atrophy that can typically take effect as we age if we don’t exercise our most amazing muscle. So continue to dream and imagine a world even better than the one you grew up in, and not only will you create the possibility of an amazing life through fulfillment of your dreams, but you’ll be healthy and able to enjoy it when it materializes.

4. Develops Empathy

In J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement address. she advises graduates to find the beauty in failure as well as strengthen their ability to tap into their imaginations as it allows us the ability to empathize with others even when we may not have actually experienced what they are sharing about their lives. When we can imagine ourselves in another person’s shoes, we exercise a more open mind which improves our social interactions. To understand how someone might have felt helps us come to know them on a more intimate level which has the capacity to form a stronger bond.

5. Helps Transform Dreams into Reality

“Our aspirations are our possibilities.” - Robert Browning

When musician Glen Hansard shared his quote above, he was referring to his own vivid imagination . . . the dreams he had for himself when he was a boy of 13 years old playing his guitar at bus stops. He stated that the life he is living now (one of great musical achievements and honors, traveling the world doing what he loves) is precisely what he imagined for himself all those years ago as he strummed away on the street for strangers. In other words, you must imagine it in order to help create it.

“You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization.” 
-Denis Waitley

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7 Comments:

At June 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM , Anonymous LJ said...

This WSJ article isn't exactly related to this post but I thought that it resonated with your blog's philosophy - http://blogs.wsj.com/runway/2012/06/14/do-we-need-to-kick-the-fast-fashion-habit/.

 
At June 18, 2012 at 2:01 PM , Blogger Raquel said...

I love Glen Hansard-- and what an appropriate person and quote for you to center this imagination post on. Lovely x

 
At June 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Inner Outer Beauty said...

I love this post! And I am all for imagination! (if you are interested I have a section on my blog about creative visuslization)
Love Caroline

 
At June 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM , Blogger Karena said...

So on point!! Great quotes and ways to stretch our imaginations further!!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena
Artists Series 2012

 
At June 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM , Blogger GG said...

It really saddens me when I hear adults say that they are not creative or that they're not imaginative. I used to say that too. I now know that we are all creative and we just overlook they ways in which it plays out in our lives. I try to be mindful with my little ones to ensure that in my efforts to help them become rationale - that I don't squash their imaginations. It's a delicate balance sometimes. Great post, as usual!

 
At June 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM , Blogger The Simply Luxurious Life said...

LJ,

Thank you for the link to the book "Overdressed". I have placed it on my wishlist. This ties in perfectly with the premise of The Simply Luxurious Life. Thank you very much for suggesting it.

 
At August 15, 2012 at 10:38 PM , Anonymous men watches said...

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