The Power of Imagination

Imagination is a funny thing. We all use it, but different people use it in different ways. Imagine two taking a long journey to a place they haven’t been before. Both of these people have been around the block a few times, have a basic understanding of the world and has experienced most of the same things in life. One draws upon past experience, projects the good times forward and is looking forward to a great adventure. The other draws upon their same experiences, projects bad times forward and is filled with dread. The difference fundamentally to the type of people we are.

A pessimist internalizes life’s bad times, drawing upon their imagination to recall trying times and  ugliness they have experienced in their past and projecting it forward. They expect to be disappointed and inevitably, through their approach and disposition, they will get what they expect. They feed upon the other pessimists around them and in a negative feedback loop their mood, and the mood of the people around them, continues to sour. An optimist on the other hand, because they tend to internalize life’s good times, expect great times and inevitably they too will find that. They find other optimists to bring themselves and each other up and they too, inevitably, have the great journey they imagined.

I guess what I am try to say is, we can’t control every event, but we can be 100% in control our attitudes toward things that happen. Yes, bad things happen to everyone, but letting those bad things destroy or poison our imagination is inevitably a way of destroying our happiness.

Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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