April 30

Today's quotation:

Dreams are renewable.  No matter what our age or
condition, there are still untapped possibilities
within us and new beauty waiting to be born.

Dale Turner

Today's Meditation:

It's kind of funny how we tend to believe in the idea that once we reach a certain age, things should be "set."  We should be in the same home that we plan on dying in, we should be in the job that we're going to retire from, and for the sake of "stability," we should be happy with these things and not rock the boat any more.  But is this dynamic really caused by a desire for stability, or by a fear of the unknown if we dare to do something different and possibly "lose" our home and the stability we so cherish?

If there really are "untapped possibilities within us," shouldn't we want to bring them out?  Wouldn't our lives be much richer and fuller if we were living up to our potential instead of continuing to live a life that we set up years ago when we were younger and not really thinking about our potential and our dreams?  Most of us put our dreams on hold because we end up caring for a family and providing for its stability, which is a very worthy and noble goal in itself.  But what happens when all the children have moved out and the only ones left at home to care for are ourselves?

When my wife and I reached this point, we sold our house and bought a motor home, and we're working at national parks for a few years so that we can experience more of the natural world and the beauty of the places and the wildlife.  This type of venture isn't for everyone, of course, but if you're in a position in which you have the chance to reach out and try to make your dreams come alive, then why not take the chance?

How will we ever know what we can do with our dreams--what kind of people we can become as we work at making them realities and giving birth to new beauty?  Life often gives us chances to take risks and make our dreams come alive, but if we've learned to avoid risks, there's much beauty that never will make its way into the world.  And that's a shame.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of possibilities and potential do you have?

What would you need to do to make just one of your dreams a reality?  How would that affect your life?

Is there "new beauty waiting to be born" within you?  How long will it have to wait?

For further thought:

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.  Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

Pope John Paul XXIII

  

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