“I have no imagination!”
“But of course you do. Everybody has imagination, my girl.”
“No, not me. Ideas don’t come to me. I never know what to write or to draw. I’ll never be a success.”
“All right, if that’s the way things are, we will each take a piece of paper and draw what we think is the most terrible monster people have ever seen.”
Ten minutes passed as the girl and her father sat drawing the most repulsive monsters they could imagine.
“Have you finished?” the father said. “I did. Here’s my drawing.” And he handed the girl his sheet of paper.
“It’s not bad,” she said, “but the paws look like a dog’s, it has the tail of a pig, and its face looks a lot like a rhinoceros.”
“Ah, it’s true. When I look closer I can see that you’re right. Well, now it’s your turn to show me your monster.”
“I didn’t draw a monster,” the girl said.
“Because no drawing could be as terrible as the monster I dreamed about last night.”
“Well my girl,” her father replied, “you don’t lack imagination. In my opinion you have too much!”
“I don’t have any ideas. I lack imagination…”
Nothing could be further from the truth! We all have great power – the power to imagine. The proof? Every night when we dream our brain is filled with imaginary forms.
Did you know that 25 percent of our sleep time is spent dreaming? That means that a 60-year-old person will spend about year years dreaming and exercising the power of imagination. You are capable of dreaming, and so you are capable of creating.
“Like many people, I was a genius at drawing until I was about ten years old. Then I started copying.” ~ Robert Massin