Imagination, Wonderland & Abraham Lincoln


You’ve probably heard something of the Law of Attraction, Cosmic Ordering, The Secret, The Power of Intention… one imagines getting cheques through the post and lo, those cheques come flying through the letter box, take-away menu-stylee.

I like the thought of magical happenings as much as the next girl but a spoonful of science helps me to swallow to it. There’s little science here. Yeah, there’s some interesting references to quantum physics, and those bits do kind of make sense but leaping from the idea that thoughts can affect atoms, to getting anything you want just by thinking about it hard enough, is rather stretching the theory.

…but thinking about this stuff from a slightly different angle: to achieve almost anything, we need to be able to imagine it first. None of the inventions invented would have been possible without having been imagined first. No-one goes from nowhere to creating an innovation without first nudging some ideas around.

The man with the comedy beard said: “To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.”  He’s nailed it right there. Anyone can believe in an iPhone now it exists but it took Steve Jobs’s inspired imaginings to create Apple and everything that it seeded – iPhones, iPads, Macs – none of it would exist without it first existing in thought form.

We sometimes dismiss imagination as a waste of time. In fact, to be anything, to do anything, we need to imagine it, focus on it, believe it. A waste of time would be to not imagine what’s possible in this lifetime – a very long time, that.

I love this quote from The White Queen (Through the Looking Glass) ‘It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,’  That’s where our imagination comes in: it’s the memory that works forwards.

Our imagination is our most powerful tool, let’s use it: Dream and then Do.

White Queen

‘—but there’s one great advantage in it, that one’s memory works both ways.’
‘I’m sure mine only works one way.’ Alice remarked. ‘I can’t remember things before they happen.’
‘It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,’ the Queen remarked.

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