“Stop daydreaming and pay attention!” How many times did you hear that from parents and teachers? Hundreds? Me too. Maybe you’ve said the same thing to your own children. Attention and concentration are necessary for learning, and the more we learn the better and richer our lives are likely to be.
Still, there’s a lot to be said for daydreaming. Literature, music, and visual art often find their inception in daydreams, where the mind, temporarily free from the discipline of preconception and habitual thought, can most easily bring forth new things. As in the arts, so also in the sciences. According to Dr. Kekule, it’s discoverer, the structure of the benzene molecule occurred to him in a daydream. The famous ‘thought experiments’ of Albert Einstein are perfect examples of daydreaming. From Isaac Newton to the present, scientists have often described moments of insight as having taken place in a daydream, or a dream-like state.
When next you’re tempted to tell someone to stop daydreaming, ask yourself if you really have to do that. After all, what they’re doing may be very productive.
I plan, from time to time, to post some of my thoughts on daydreaming, creativity, leading a happy life, and how they are related. Comment and ideas from anyone who reads these are welcome.
I am a writer. My daydreams manifest themselves as short stories, novels, and, once in a while, as non-fiction. For details, see the ‘Daydreams on Demand’ page.