We want to start with resistances, those facts that stand in the way of the will. Resistances themselves come in two forms: found and made.*
I am grateful for the resistances I’ve faced, resistances that sometimes have even meant I have had to move on with my family – three times, but there is life after the resistance. They’re never pleasant at the time but they force us to ask more important questions prompting our imaginations to come up with the increasingly better. Without resistance, I wouldn’t be doing the work I love.
Wallace Stevens warns that our imaginations need to meet the real if it is to do what it does best:
The imagination loses vitality as it ceases to adhere to what is real. When it adheres to the unreal and intensifies what is unreal, while its first effect is extraordinary, that effect is the maximum effect it will ever have.**
And there’s a sense of ideas of requirement when M. C. Richards writes:
Ideas live in the world as we do. We discover certain ideas at certain times.^
Our imaginations are largest and brightest when we’re being true and honest about who we are and what we can do – not making ourselves more and not making ourselves less. Then, when we face the resistance with our imagination – and prototype or experiment in some way or other, something shifts.