Our imagination can either behave as our friend or our foe. This depends on how we use this powerful faculty that has been bestowed on us. Our imagination can provide great service to us if we employ it properly, alternatively it can also be our greatest enemy.
Our imagination enables us to think creatively. We are able to visualize many things over and above they really are because of the faculty of our imagination. Some of the greatest works of art, music and literature are the products of fertile imagination. The eternal works of Shakespeare, Kalidasa, Mozart or a Vinci are the results of vivid imagination. Imagination if used properly can help us create, visualize and solve difficult problems. In these aspects our imagination is our greatest ally, helping us transcend ordinary realms of mortals and helps us to leave behind a lasting legacy.
But our imagination can also be our greatest enemy if we let our mind run loose. Sometimes when we are faced with problems in life our imagination starts running wild. We start to imagine all sorts of problems. We see disasters where there is none. We get overly stressed because we lose control of our minds and our imagination makes our lives a virtual nightmare.
The other side of this coin when our imagination can work against us is when we assume our own greatness where there is none. There are times where we assume that people are either praising us or criticizing us. Our imagination takes over our normal cool and reasoned approach and concocts a situation that is totally untrue. There are many times we start to assume things and attributing meaning to chance remarks because our imagination makes us do so. These are situation we have to be careful against. In these situations our imagination is our enemy and we have to step back and reason out logically any assumptions or conclusions we make.
Hence our imagination can be our ally or our worst enemy. We must know not only how to utilize our imagination but also when to utilize it. That is the most important lesson of all.