“Imagination is a good servant but a bad master”- Hercule Poirot
‘Imagination’. The very word fills your mind with all kinds of images and memories. In a nutshell, imagination brings back to you a nostalgia that has its own novelty every time. Imagination is without a doubt, one of the most glorious faculties God has given to man. It is a gift every one has. We can all imagine. It shows to us the supernatural element in every human being. Our wanting to imagine the impossible.
We all have knowingly or unknowingly set apart a few minutes every day to dream and set a spark to our imagination. This is the time when we dream. We dream about people we lost in time. We dream about all kinds of possibilities our future may have in store for us. For me, it is the time before I go to sleep. During those few minutes, I dream and dream on.
The beauty of imagination is that when it leads you to dreaming, you lose track of all the other senses. You become like a dog in its sleep, with its one ear partly awake.
Don’t know what I’m talking about?
Remember that time when the teacher had to shout to wake you from a daydream? That’s just it. That’s when Imagination is the master. It takes control.
But when you sit down to paint or to write, you kick-start your imagination. You are in control. You are the master.
But let us not forget that many a revolutionary idea came from daydreams someone dreamed, somewhere on this planet.
For all we know, ‘blog’ must have been somebody’s daydream that turned true.
So why is imagination a bad master? I’ll tell you why. . .
Imagination may not be so evident when it is at work. When you see someone. You imagine about them. You put them in different circumstances and evaluate what you see. But most of the time, you don’t even realize it. This is just a basic philosophy.
When I read the quote I have put in this post it made me think. Hercule Poirot, one of the greatest fictional detectives to rule the printed pages of a book, said imagination could be a bad master. Why did he say so?
It’s a simple explanation. Most of the time you get so carried away with your imagination, you fail to give more importance to the minute, and even the colossal evidences right under your nose.
When you see a person with a much more decent financial status and a well-to-do occupation than you, you imagine them living the ‘dream life’. Your imagination compels you to forget the well-known proverb, ‘The grass is always greener on the other side’.
Many a time you let imagination rule your thoughts and how you evaluate others and yourself.
So how do you fix it?
Many things in life is an inverted parabola. You’ve got to keep imagination somewhere in the middle. Let it flow when you know that it will do you good. Pray about it.
God gave you imagination. Ask him to help you build it up and be its master.
Remember. An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Use your imagination for others. Use your imagination to think positive.
When you’ve got a problem and you feel everyone around you is so lucky, remind yourself that the very fact that you are still standing like everybody else is because you were able to put in the effort. Because you received much grace from God.
Instead of thinking you are in a mess. Think of how you are still ‘standing’ in the mess. Trigger your imagination. Use it to comfort you and to lift you up.
When your thoughts are right, your actions become right.
When your actions are right, the situation becomes right.
Its all about where you use your imagination to evaluate yourself.
So, good luck and may your imagination spark!