Writer’s Name: Allison Martin
Title: Reality Only Exists if You Lack Imagination
As I was driving down the road yesterday, a bumper sticker attached to the van in front of me captured my attention. It said: “Reality only exists if you lack imagination.” For a brief moment, I pondered this statement and ultimately decided that it made perfect sense, assuming reality was how one perceived what was currently taking place around them. For many, the day-to-day mundane and sometimes boring or gut-wrenching tasks are currently and will always be their reality because they fail to use their imagination to think outside of the box. Instead, contentment kicks in over a period of time and they settle for the rest of their lives, refusing to take any initiative towards fulfilling their dreams.
Those individuals with the “straight and narrow” perspective are equipped with eyesight alone and lack vision. Eyesight is defined simply as the act of seeing. We all see what’s going on every second right before our eyes. If you’re riding down the road, you see many activities taking place such as the traffic lights changing and cars moving along in their respective lanes. Eyesight is obviously useful because it assures us that we are traveling in the right direction to reach our desired destination for that moment in time, whether it is home, school, work, or the store.
On the other hand, we all need to be equipped with a vision to escape going through the repetitive motions each day in order to reach the next level. Vision is defined as the act or power of anticipation that which will or may come to be. If you speak to an entrepreneur, they will tell you that it all started with a vision. Without a vision, many of the most innovative companies wouldn’t even exist. Perhaps you aren’t an entrepreneur but are stuck in a job and want to take it to the next level? It’s time to develop an idea of your dream job (including salary requirements, desired location, work conditions, flexibility, etc.) and draft up a plan of action that details how you will get there! Did you notice that I said “will” in the prior sentence? This is not an error on my part at all. Instead, it’s a call to action and a statement of affirmation.
The phrase “if you believe it, you can achieve it” is overused at times but very true. To develop a vision and execute to make it a reality, it is a must that you actually believe in the idea in the first place. This is a common mistake many make and one of the very reasons why folks are limited to eyesight. Terminology such as “I think” or “maybe” are consistently used in conversation, clearly displaying the fear of failure. Of course, no vision is guaranteed to come to fruition but if you go in with the “it may not work” attitude, please don’t be surprised if it doesn’t.
In Matthew 21, Jesus was walking down the road and spotted a fig tree with only leaves on it. He demanded that the tree never bear fruit again and it withered immediately. The disciples were astonished and Jesus reassured them that if they have faith (and not doubt), they can do the same. All they needed to do is believe it was possible and it would be received if requested in prayer. The same principle applies to visions. If you’ve suffered from only having eyesight and lacking vision, shed the doubtful thinking, have faith, and prayerfully request that your ideas shall come to pass (if your intentions are good and pure). Never be afraid to dream because those very thoughts may just become your reality one day.