Friday, May 6, 2011

Make Your Own Story

Imagination does not rest.

Constantine Stanislavski
Hello Abeche, Chad
Much, and perhaps all, of human life is fundamentally a fiction. We contribute more to making ourselves up than we think we do. One of the most utilitarian tools and greatest natural blessings the human being has is imagination. It is the bedrock of great ideas and inventions, great plans and accomplishments, great art and great scientific discoveries.

Like breathing, our imagination never stops working even when we are asleep. There isn't much we can do about what imagination gives us in our dreams as it flutters around like a moth into one place and one event after another or soars like a rocket ship into far off lands without the discipline of reason.

But when we are awake our imagination can work like a lighthouse coaxing us to a fantasy world, a beacon that lights up our way through important paths of accomplishment, a flash of realization in uncertain moments.

But imagination undisciplined can also lead us up creaking stairs to a dusty attic of bad memories, down dark alleys of fear and into reptile infested swamps. And that is why I keep harping on the idea of using one's imagination in creative ways, of hitching it up to the wagon and taking us where we want to go instead of letting it lead us to uncertain destinations.

It isn't difficult to be in charge of one's creative mind. In fact what makes it easy is that the imagination is constantly asking to be used, it makes no judgements on the user and it has an infinite amount of resources to reward those who learn to consult and rely on it.

Three actors and one director were sitting around a wooden table in the rehearsal hall. We were trying to find the proper ending for the first act. The one we had been using wasn't working and we all knew it. I remember staring at the grains of wood on the top of the table and saying to myself "The answer to this problem exists. I know it does. And it is going to grow invisibly right out of the top of this table like a flower." I waited calmly and suddenly got an idea. I offered it to the group, the director picked it up, made some minor changes and when we played it out the act ended perfectly.

I have come to trust creative imagination, my own and others' and it always helps to make life a better story.

DB - The Vagabond
Never give up.
(This is not a contest)

NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.

Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?

6 answers so far

I eagerly await your answer.



Geo. said...

Nicely done! What's peculiar is, after correcting for time-zone differences, you and I were simultaneously writing on much the same subject. I invite you to check out "Clouds Fly Now" on my prose site, Trainride Of The Enigmas.

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pacifica62 said...

Life would be somewhat one dimensional without an imagination. Magnificent works or art, music, great discoveries have all come to be because of it. Why do we insist on depriving our young children of he ability to have and use an imagination? High tech worlds do not encourage, allow or foster imagination. Remember the olden days when a box could become a pirate ship or rocket ship? Sticks and stones could be made into a weapon to slay dragons.....a towel tied around the neck could become the cape of Superman? With a doll and your little brother you could "play house". I wish the children of today could have the opportunity to discover the magic of imagination.

Big Mark 243 said...

Much, and perhaps all, of human life is fundamentally a fiction.

I agree wholeheartedly with this line. But it isn't the lack of using our imagination as it is where we train our eyes that discourages its use. Once you let go of the distraction of your surroundings and began to look through your world, you answer was reflected in the grains of wood...

... that is why I strive to see what isn't there. It was obvious what was not the answer as it was easy to see.

Beth said...

I don't think of myself as a creative person, but I think I have probably made too narrow a definition of "creativity." I was talking with a friend one day, and she said, "You write on your blog. That's your creative outlet." She could be right.

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