Years ago, my granddaughters prevailed upon me to watch a show they were enthralled with, Shark Boy and Lava Girl. It was delightfully whimsical and great escapism.
One scene stuck with me. A character commented that if you don’t like some aspect of your life, just dream a better dream. What?! How could changing something in your life be so simple? No discipline, no hard work? I was inclined to write it off. This was a children’s show, after all. Yet, at some level, the flippant saying resonated with me.
Later in the week, I watched a documentary on Albert Einstein. His greatest breakthroughs, his epiphanies, occurred after daydreaming. His imagination was the gateway to his brilliance. Yes, he worked hard, but personally, he tended to discount his efforts. He believed his accomplishments were always preceded by his flights of fancy.
Well, that was him. He was the exception, right? How many people share his brilliance? It was easy for me to dismiss his so valuing the imagination. Later I stumbled across an underground, out of print, classic, Space-Time And Beyond. Using cartoons it lightly recounts the author, Bob Toben, in conversation with physicists Jack Sarfatti and Fred Alan Wolf. The brilliant trio were alluding to the wisdom of our imagination versus what we normally consider our rigid, inflexible “reality.” Here it was again, rearing it’s fanciful head.
I took the hint. I played with it. I toyed with Dreaming A Better Dream. Did I win the lottery the next day? Was my life miraculously transformed overnight? No. But I did find myself spontaneously considering some different avenues. Options I had previously dismissed now appeared more attractive. New possibilities emerged. How interesting. And all this from a show for children!
So, next time you’re feeling stuck in some area of your life, perhaps consider what children and quantum physicists do – Dream A Better Dream.