📅 Thought for today:
‘Imagination… its limits are only those of the mind itself.’
— Rod Serling
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Rod Serling is probably best known for the anthology TV Series “The Twilight Zone” although I think you must be “of a certain age” to remember it.
Getting in the way of our imagination is a common enough problem – yet I often meet people who say, “I have no imagination” or who are fearful of what their imagination shows them.
Separating possibility and actuality can be difficult – we believe our thoughts to be facts. We imagine worst-case scenarios and terrible outcomes and our fear leads us to believe these things will happen. The fear rules our actions and thoughts to the extent that we disconnect from reality.
This may sound like some form of extreme psychosis, yet it happens to most people every single day. For me, sharp knives tell me how dangerous they are, and I imagine the damage they can do – this is rooted in two knife accidents before I was 10 years old from which I still carry the scars. The rational part of me knows that my thoughts are trying to keep me safe, that an accident will be avoided if I pay attention. The emotional side is remembering the shock and pain from the past and will do anything to avoid it.
Our imagination is a potent creative force that presents possibilities, not facts.
The White Queen in Alice in Wonderland said, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Practicing imagining impossible things is healthy as it helps us realise our thoughts are often inventions!