Forced into isolation by the Covid pandemic, immersed in political and social ugliness, reality often just plain sucks right now. When daily life is picking up your groceries in the Walmart parking lot, not seeing your children or grandchildren for a year, doing the best you can to help your mother from nine hours away
— well, it’s tiresome, it’s painful, it’s boring, it’s scary.
What can save us from despair is a gift we humans alone have received: imagination. Though stuck here for now, through imagining the future we can experience hope for better things to come.
Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview for life’s coming attractions.”
Imagination precedes change, transformation, progress. If you can’t first imagine a thing, it will never be! Who hasn’t found pleasure and escape these days in imagining what it will be like to freely do all those things we love once again?
I can’t even imagine what my life would be like right now without the delight of my imagination!
With imagination, possibilities
(Sculpture on the highway in
Lake City, SC)