” Imagination is its own form of courage.” –President Francis J. Underwood
A. I LOVE House of Cards. I really LOVE Claire Underwood.
B. I don’t live my life according to the show except when it comes to Claire Underwood’s fashion.
C. There are some pearls of wisdom and interesting life strategies that make their way between the instances of murder, adultery, dishonesty, and greed.
The quote above is an example of C.
It has dawned on me this past year that some people don’t feel free enough to dream. There is a brick wall surrounding their ability to be creative and innovative. There is a proverbial stop sign that ceases their ability to tap into the depths of their imagination. To imagine has become a risk.
When did we get to a place in which using your imagination is a privilege and not a right?
Some people have been told “no, that’s impossible.” so many times that the thought of going to the next level is frightening.
Having the courage to take your mind outside the box. To “go there” wherever there might be, to take off the coat of restrictions, to push back assumed artificial boundaries, to strip yourself of f.e.a.r* and to concoct a vision is a part of thriving in this world.
We are often the armed guards who pull ourselves off the cliff even though we have a parachute strapped to our back. “Be realistic.” “That will never happen.” “We don’t have the money for that.” “People like us can’t do that.” “What if no one comes?” “What if no one cares?” “I’m not smart enough or pretty enough or rich enough or [insert adjective] enough.”
Now these could all be valid concerns but before you put yourself in a black hole of “no.” “never.” “not enough.” and “not me.”–do yourself a favor and muster up the courage to IMAGINE all that could happen. Empower yourself to go beyond your current context. Write down or draw what you see.
Let your mind be free. You become your thoughts. If you’re afraid of your thoughts and you imprison them you’ll never be able to make them come to life.
Children have the best imaginations. The worlds they create are magical, beautiful, intricate, and full of possibility. They yearn to share it with the tall people walking around who call themselves adults. What if you approached your work in that way? What if you attacked your dream in that manner?
We often tell people to live the “Yes, and…” life when working with others but let’s also remember to do that within ourselves. Lose yourself in your thoughts.
Frank Underwood is onto something with this quote. Give your imagination scissors and let it run free.
Thanks for reading.