Imagine a little girl with a big paintbrush in her hand. She’s got hold of water colours for the first time and she just cannot wait to paint something.
She chooses the living room wall as her maiden canvas.
Soon, the smooth white wall gets dyed in mild shades of every color in the palette.
Her mother arrives to find that her daughter has painted her dress just as much as the wall she’s been painting on.
The mother could take recourse in two ways.
She could either
a) See things as they are.
Consider it to be a wall in flux, which could be painted over again.
She could use her discernment in a sound direction.
b) See things as if they’re so much more.
Consider it to be disaster and reprimand a budding artist at the outset.
She could use her imagination, albiet in a misleading direction.
The two key phrasess here are
a) sound discernment
b) misled imagination.
Discernment and Imagination are powerful tools, but when used incorrectly either cause us only detriment.
Now imagine the same incident again.
The mother could use another train of thought.
She could either
a) See things as they are
Look at only the colored stains on the wall and not the blobs of a butterflies her child sees through her eyes.
She could use her discernment in an unsound and sterile manner.
b) See things as if they’re so much more
She could not only look at the blobs of the butterflies but use her imagination to see the whole animal kingdom waiting to appear on the living room wall.
She could look at it as the first page of her little daughter’s art portfolio.
She could use her imagination in the right direction. I call it right because it brings peace to both mother and daughter and the art still thrives.
Again, as I’d said earlier, discernment and imagination are powerful tools.
We must make use our wisdom to make the right choice,
The ideal mix of discernment and imagination.
True wisdom though, lay in the mind of an unconditioned child.
Like the little painter, who could see things the ideal way.
By discernment she knew it was a wall but her imagination suggested her to use it as a canvas.
By discernment she knew it to be a blank canvas, but her imagination suggested her that it could be so much more.
The little girl was easily weaving her thoughts using both discernment and imagination as it deemed fit.
Much of the distress we face in life is because of unwise choices between discernment and imagination.
We imagine fear of failure and discern obstacles to be dead ends.
While we could imagine ways to triumph and discern obstacles only to be hurdles that must be jumped over.
The choices we make shape our reality.
Any tool is only powerful if used with wisdom.
With sound discernment and well directed imagination,
Life would reveal itself in ways that serve you best.