Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
It’s the power of imagination in action.
But, what are we imagining? Are we imagining hate and fear, or love and kindness.
Whichever one we choose, we will get more of it.
Sometimes when we think we are doing the right thing, we are really responding to a version of hate or fear. These two strong emotions can catch us unawares and make us vulnerable to choosing a way of thinking that does not match our desire to live with love and kindness.
Sometimes we choose hate and fear because we are afraid that choosing love and kindness will make us victims of those that live in the survival mode of hate and fear.
Often it seems that way. However, Mr Rogers told us this, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
Helpers. We can be helpers responding with love and kindness. In order to do so we have to begin with the understanding that love and kindness overrides hate and fear. Do we really want to live in a world that isn’t true?
No, we don’t. We want to imagine love and kindness in action.
We can choose to imagine everyone responding with love and kindness. We can imagine every child feeling the embrace of a community based in love and kindness and not competition, separateness, hate and fear. We can put our talents to use to ensure that this is what every child experiences.
We can imagine the light of love filling the world. We can imagine dancing with the light.
Imagine opening your heart without judgment. Imagine understanding that people think differently than you do. Imagine understanding and supporting those with different life styles.
Are we so self important that we think the way that we are, is the only way the heart of the universe expresses itself?
Don’t let those that speak of, and preach, hate and fear grab your emotion and pull you into that realm of imagination.
Because, yes, they are using imagination too. They ask us to imagine how bad it is. Imagine how bad it can get. Imagine that it is those other people’s fault that things aren’t working well.
Let others take that path if they wish to. But, don’t take it yourself.
Find kindred spirits and imagine love and kindness with them.
It takes diligent practice because the emotions of hate and fear are broadcast everywhere, from gossip to the news. It takes consistent discipline to not agree with hate and fear. But, we can do it.
We can dance in the light of love. We can dance with the imagination of love and kindness. We can listen to the music of the stars that sing of the infinite love that creates and governs all that we see and know, and all that we have yet to experience.
Imagine what will happen as you inspire just one more person to join you, and then another.
Evil, hate and fear, will eventually kill itself, because hate and fear is self destructive. Let’s hasten its demise by not feeding it. And for sure, let’s not be part of it.
Stephen Hawkins said, “The start guarantees the outcome every time.” There’s the answer right there. Decide to start with love and kindness.