Can you imagine something that doesn’t yet exist? Can you see a bridge stretched out across a bright and vivid landscape with a bubbling stream briskly flowing beneath? Can you imagine a song not yet sung? A painting yet to be hung? Can you imagine your life into the future?
If you can, you have a beautiful imagination.
Fortunately for the world at large, there are many of us who dare to imagine great things. Without imagination, cures for many deadly diseases would not exist. Without imagination, we’d still be using horses for transportation. Without imagination, there would be no galleries to hang paintings.
How many things of today would we have believed to be a miracle only twenty years ago. Take virtual reality, for example. I remember my first experience with VR back in the 1980’s. It was “far out”, but it was still a very memorable experience.
The arcades of the 1990’s tried to create virtual environments and holograms, and in many ways succeeded until console and computer gaming replaced the arcades.
VR Headsets have gone from large devices your head could barely support to small portable glasses you can wear, with great picture quality.
Transportation has seen amazing advances in twenty years.
We now have electric automobiles and other methods of battery-driven rechargeable transportation that could end the need for fossil fuels. Twenty years ago running a big block engine with practically zero emissions standards was the status quo.
Very little of importance gets done without imagination. Would the iPhone exist had Steve Jobs not built Apple? Would anyone have ventured into space?
Would the Mona Lisa exist had it not first been imagined?
You even imagined the life you live right now, in some form, long ago.
Have you ever had this strange feeling of Deja Vu?
How can you be sure you didn’t imagine it?
I am thankful for people like Nicola Tesla, Benjamin Franklin and others whose imagination and dedication have paved the way for many modern technologies and amenities.
I am thankful for my ability to imagine.
I will try to use my imagination more often and see what I can come up with. Perhaps I will learn to meditate, practice mindfulness, or simply try to relax a little more often.
I am thankful for each and every new day that I can imagine.