Another name for Humans.
Have you ever noticed how much you use your imagination when you are reading a novel, listening to music, having a phone conversation, reading a map – you are “seeing” far more than what is in front of you.
We can’t get through a day without employing our imaginations. Yet many deny they have any and it’s only the charismatic, the rich, the famous, and the glamourous who have it. Hopefully, we’ve scotched this one.
Many use their imaginations to promote and serve themselves but others use their imaginations to serve others; they look at the world as it is and begin to imagine it differently, a better place for more people.
Every Human Imagining is different. We each are interested in, and skilled at, different things. Steven Covey wrote about seven essential habits for effective people but he hadn’t quite finished and identified one more – writing a whole book about this one really important habit: Find your voice and help others find theirs.
When our imaginations are freed, all manner of possibilities appear; we’ll need to see which most strongly identify and resonate with our voices, sweet spots, elements, knacks, purposes, callings, flow, Strengths* … and then you will have to lose some because you have too many. Who’d have thought it!
I want to link this powerful imagining to something Nassim Taleb shares about the journey we can make from being fragile (“I have no imagination”) to being robust (“I like your imagining”) to being antifragile (“Here’s something I’ve been thinking about and am going to begin – do you want to join me?);** Nassim imagines:
‘My idea of the modern Stoic sage is
someone who transforms fear into
prudence, pain into information,
mistakes into initiation, and desire
Imaginings can be creative with prudence, information, and understanding.
(*Just some of the words used to describe what it is you do, your art.)
(**The phrases in brackets are mine. Nassim Taleb would suggest fragile people are shaped and even crushed by the life-stressors they encounter, robust people recover their identity and shape after being stressed, but antifragile people grow as a result of being placed under stress. The first group will react to life, the second respond, and the third initiate.)