November 11
 Too many dreams are cast
by the wayside in deference
to opinion and tradition.

Alan Cohen


Today's Meditation:

Too many--this is absolutely true.  How many people have given up on their ideas of doing certain jobs or pursuing certain careers because women just don't do that kind of work, or because you're going to go into your father's line of work, or because that's a stupid job and you'll never make anything of yourself doing it?  How many potentially wonderful novelists or poets haven't written a word because some ignorant someone told them they didn't stand a chance of being published?

Our dreams and our aspirations really are the only things that set us apart from others--and our decisions to pursue those dreams.  When we give up on our dreams, when we throw them aside like a useless piece of trash, then we're giving up our chance to fully realize who we are, the chance to pursue a unique dream that is special to us.  As a teacher, I've met many adults who gave up on their educations early on because a husband told them they were stupid or a parent told them that they were useless.  Now, years later, they're back trying to make up for lost time; it's good that they're doing it now, but just think of all the lost time and potential!

Have your dreams been cast by the wayside?  If they have, you'd better turn right around and go and get them!  After all, they were gifts to you that could be helping to define just who and what you are.  If you're not carrying them with you, then a huge part of who you are is simply missing.  Don't be among those who abandon their dreams at the first sign of adversity--rather, be one of the shining stars that pursues your dreams and who can serve as a wonderful role model for people who need to be able to do just what you're doing.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of things contribute to making us cast our dreams aside?

How do dreams help to define us as unique individuals?

Why is it important to hold on to our dreams, even if circumstances delay us from pursuing them?

For further thought:

There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, “Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course, I’ve got dreams.”  Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.  These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box.  It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, “How good or bad am I?”  That’s where courage comes in.

Erma Bombeck

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