Today I learned: Having imagination is more powerful than having knowledge
I always compare my youngest son to a grown man stuck in a child’s body. Not just any man, but a really big, strong body building man. It’s his perception of himself and it is what he exudes in every fiber of his being. It is what he sees and so others see it too, including me.
Today I got to experience why he can portray such an incredible spirit. He has an amazing sense of imagination. Dressed in his sister’s pink Hello Kitty hat and a pair of her Barbie galoshes, he moseyed up to me like he had been riding a horse for his entire life (or the length of Clint Eastwood’s entire life). He looked fiercely at the ground, slugged me in the shoulder and in the lowest voice he could muster short of an Adam’s apple and said, “I’m a cowboy.”
I believed him and I did not question his radical attire for cowboy. He had a hat. He had boots. He had a bull-legged walk and a gruff voice. He certainly punched like a cowboy. Who was I to argue?
That is the power of imagination. In fact, Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” That is because we are limited by our knowledge. However, our imagination is limitless as it includes everything we know and everything we don’t know. A strong imagination allows us to see past what is possible or impossible. Of course, than it can become a looking glass for our true potential.
So, I don’t know that Anthony will ever really become a cowboy. However, I appreciate that his lack of understanding of what a cowboy’s true roles and responsibilities are or even that they probably don’t adorn their heads with pink Hello Kitty hats doesn’t stop him from imagining. In fact, those details don’t even matter. So, as I embark on a new adventures of the unknown, I will keep in mind that I don’t need to rely on what I know, because I am limited by that; but I can use my imagination to form the reality I desire. The unknown is always unknown until it is explored, and the only way to explore it is to open up my mind past what is logical.
Thank you Cowboy Tony – You are so smart.