Umpteen number of times in my life I have made a statement that I possess crazy imagination capabilities and that my thoughts run around wildly and hence keep me entertained at times when I its just me and no one else.
Wikipedia says that Imagination is the work of the mind that helps create and I agree. i firmly believe that whatever little I have been able to achieve in my life is because God has gifted me this ability ( I speak for myself only :)) I have been able to do a lot of things because i imagined myself as capable of doing those. In the absence of the thinking capability I think I would have been a nervous wreck.
Let aside the big talk about life, even the smaller How to questions require some imagination. At the MBA schools we are asked to think Out of the box, and poor MBA souls wonder How???... Hey!! Imagination does not mean making the simplest things complex (which MBA's specialize in ;)), imagination rather means the exact opposite... after all the creation of the WHEEL by early man was a work of IMAGINATION...Basically I don't think we can survive without imagination.
We all have used our imagination to sail through difficult examinations ( cooking up answers and all), to decide every morning about what to wear today ( Like it Like it :) :)),to shop, to decide on the color to choose for the dress,to take the life defining decisions like career, marriage, personal relationships....we always use our imagination. Before coming to any crucial decision we always think/ imagine the consequences the decision will have on us.
Hence I say that imagination is something that enables us to move from "What is" to "What can be". And these are the situations we will be faced with throughout our lives. So my dear friends keep on imagining, let the imaginations be as wild as possible as it makes your brain sharper ( I do not know the fact of this statement but I believe it with utmost sincerity) and yes the little kids in all our families are the best teachers to learn to imagine.. Observe them... How amazingly they imagine and learn ( Now that is a fact)