“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
“Our imagination flies — we are its shadow on the earth.”
“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”
Imagination is the ability to form a mental image of something that is not perceived through the five senses. It is the ability of the mind to build mental scenes, objects, or events that do not exist, are not present, or have happened in the past.
The Power of Imagination
Artists perpetually change the way we all look at things. They use their imaginations to transform our knowledge and understanding of the world. Once we experience expanded limits of our personal knowledge, whether we agree or challenge the learning, life from that point on will never be the same. As creators of our own lives, we can all use our imaginations not only to expand our own understanding of the world, but also to influence new possibilities for those in our home, community, and work environments.
When I lived in Sedona, Arizona, my backyard view had an incredible backdrop of irregularly shaped red rock formations that rise like statues out of the ground. Everyone in the area called the formations by names based on their overall shape. I had a clear view of Bell Rock, a name that came from the fact that it looks like a bell. The view from my house looked west toward Bell Rock, and every evening it was illuminated by the setting sun in a stunning, brilliant orange and red glow.
The power of imagination is clear in the work of American artist Andy Warhol who said—
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
Artists use their imaginations to deliberately explore new possibilities. We need the thinking—the imagination—of an artist to lead the way forward in the complex world of the 21st century.
Commit yourself to curiosity—to using your imagination—and expand your own understanding of things. Transform your own life and influence new possibilities for those around you.