Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. That’s a paraphrase of Eldridge Clever’s quote, “…You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.”
Imagination broke the four-minute mile and the sound barrier. Imagination has taken us to the moon, Pluto, and beyond! Imagination has given us music, art, and dance. Imagination fuels science, medicine, and technology. Imagination gives us our future.
My mom was diligent about feeding us a balanced lunch and dinner. Lunch was at school because she felt that the sandwiches she would have made wouldn’t be as healthy as the hot lunches cooked and served. My classmates and I always made up names for the different foods, trying to gross each other out (cherry cobbler became known as Baby Bird Eyes, for example). The food nourished our bodies and imaginations.
My college roommate fretted endlessly about what her purpose in life was. She was driven to understand why she was on this planet. In sharp contrast to her drive was my seeming indifference to why I was here. It never occurred to me to think about my purpose. I didn’t seem to need one. I was just here, doing my thing.