"Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed."--Joseph Addison (1672-1719 – English essayist, poet and man of letters)
In the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion*, Henry Higgins (a professor of phonetics) wagers with his friend, Colonel Pickering, that within six months he can transform the unassuming flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a convincing duchess.
In moments of frustration while teaching Eliza, Higgins admonishes her and says, “Think like a duchess, act like a duchess, talk like a duchess, and one day you will be a duchess.” Higgins understood that to be what you want to be it is necessary to imagine it. Eliza did pass as a duchess!
Imagination plays a key role in the process of inventing new solutions to problems that seemed impossible to solve. It is like a lightning rod in keeping dreams alive. It adds passion to living fully.
Are you living fully? Do you feel the passion in your life? Are your dreams alive or sitting in a corner somewhere?
*adaptations of Pygmalion: My Fair Lady and Pretty Woman