Imagine that we could do what ever we wanted to when ever we wanted it. Our lives might be enriched. Or would they? It could be that we need to be at our most imaginative when we can't actually do what we want when we want to.
If we have an endless supply of money to spend we wouldn't need to be inventive with finding ways to save or imagine what we will do when we save up a certain amount of money for something we want.
If life is smooth and things come to us easily our need for an imagination might become obsolete because everything we want is laid out in front of us. When we are uncertain or can't easily achieve our goals our imagination can really kick in to help us come up with plans and hopes for the future.
Having an imagination to play with can help us keep entertained. It can help us dream up different ways of being and doing. It can help us to escape from the realities of life at times when we become overwhelmed and stressed out. It can stop us becoming stuck in a rut.
Watching children play is the best way to remind adults of the power of imagination. Children have mastered the art of embracing possibilities. Of developing a world without barriers. Then as they grow this imagination can disappear as realities take priority. The answers to their curious questions can dampen their imagination. Over time they can become more serious and less playful. It's as if being grown up means taking life seriously and dealing only with what is rather than what could be. Harnessing our inner child's imagination again as an adult could well provide us with renewed hope and vision for our futures.