Thursday, February 16, 2006

No Great Limits

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, 40th President of the United States

The only limits I worry over are the ones I place upon myself. Self-inflected barriers are often the hardest to free yourself from; while struggling with getting free of past ones it seems a wise choice to avoid placing new ones on path. Growth slows or accelerates in perfect synch with our ability to assimilate it with what is already there, unless we allow easy access to our control panel.
What we learn as children is directed by others. But what we study as adults is in our hands alone, yet some act as if once school ends they are done with lessons. Wasting some free time is great, everyone needs long moments spent free from care. Misusing every second given and having nothing to show for it is foolish. Finding something that you ache to know about keeps the mind growing, which is a real mark of intelligence. And real passion towards something feeds upon itself; the more you know the more you grow, and the more space used the more clear areas are available.
Humans misuse their imaginations or put more plainly they allow their imaginations to run away with them. Instead of conjuring up a positive all too often we create a negative and scare ourselves into knee-jerking actions. And I have found that most knee-jerked reactionary responses are too emotional to be of much use.
Without a healthy imagination it is difficult, if not impossible, to gather enough energy to create real wonder. Awe is a powerful reaction. We are often too wrapped up in incidentals to see with the wider vision that inspires the childlike emotional wonderment that keeps us forever young.