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“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein

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used to wonder what Einstein meant when he said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. I was a pretty bright kid and got good grades in school, but I was also the kid that would stare endlessly out the window of my classroom, my imagination running wild. It wasn’t until I became a teacher and taught for many years that I began to realize what Einstein had meant. And then I wondered why we all had to wait so long to figure it out for ourselves. If only we were taught the power of this simple truth early in life, then amazing things would start happening for us in our youth, rather than later on in years. As a nine-year-old, my imagination began to run wild when I saw the new Coke commercial on TV that featured the song, I’d like To Teach the World to Sing. It was the most beautiful advertisement I’d ever seen, showing people from many cultures sharing a song, a Coke and a message about spreading peace, love and happiness across the land. When I saw the commercial, I felt this amazing feeling inside of me. I’m not sure how I knew, but I just knew that someday, I would write a song like that and be part of a similar message. I wasn’t a musician yet, but I’m convinced that this commercial, along with my 2nd grade guitar playing student teacher, was part of what sparked my desire to start playing the guitar a few years later. When I saw that commercial

for the first time, it was one of those experiences in life where your hair raises up on your skin and you just know that something amazing is going to happen because of the inspiration you are feeling during that magic moment. One song, one message, one moment in time, was enough to stir something in my imagination that would shape my future with more certainty than any knowledge ever could have. And for me, it all began with the magic of a song. Fast forward more than three decades and you can find a commercial on the NBC TV affiliate in Alaska that is reminiscent of that famous Coca Cola commercial from the 70’s. It is a beautiful advertisement showing people from many cultures sharing a song and a message about spreading peace, love and happiness across the land. It’s not a Coke commercial, but wouldn’t it be fun if the Coca Cola Company decided to use it as the new theme for their ad. The song, called Change of Heart, was written by none other than me; Mrs. Lidey, High School Choir and Guitar Teacher! That Coke advertisement and its effect on my imagination through the years sparked more than just a new song and television commercial. After high school, I attended college where I got my degree in Music Education, and I really did teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. What have you been imagining? What kinds of experiences have you had where your hair rises up on your skin? What do you find yourself daydreaming about? Here is something you can try to allow your imagination

to go to work for you. Think of something you would really like to see happen in your life and write down the kind of baby steps you could take toward accomplishing your goal. Begin taking those steps now and then watch as a myriad of things come your way to help you get to where you want to go. Remember to use your imagination, and be grateful as though you’re already there. Dream boards are fun too and can really help you visualize the things you want to bring into your life. Here is what happened to me when I followed this advice. I was blessed with being hired as the choir director and guitar teacher at East High School in Anchorage, Alaska for almost two decades. During those years, I continued to dream about singing, writing music and sharing a message of peace, love and happiness through the magic of a song. I also imagined things like winning Grammy Awards and Emmy Awards. You might wonder what this has to do with anything, but as a writer, singer, musician and lover of all things creative, it felt very ordinary to let my mind take me to places like this in my imagination. And I had learned over the years that my imagination was making my dreams come true. So, imagine I did. In 1999, the Grammy Foundation decided to allow schools to participate in their tradition of recognizing excellence in music with the presentation of their prestigious award. Our East High Fine Arts program was presented with its very own Grammy! After that, the Change of Heart PSA won two Alaskan Goldie Awards, which led to an Emmy March 2015 Amazing Women

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March 2015 Amazing Women Magazine  

Published by Raven International Media

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