April 7

Today's quotation:

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.  The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs.  Dreams are the seedlings of reality.

James Allen

Today's Meditation:

Dreams are very important parts of our lives, but very often we look at them as "unattainable" or call them "pipe dreams"-- dreams that we know won't come to pass (the term comes from the pipes that people used to smoke opium, and the fantastic schemes they could come up with while high).  Because, after all, "real life" always intrudes, and it won't let us live our dreams because we have to pay the bills, fulfill our many responsibilities, etc.

But our dreams are one of the factors that make us unique.  We dream because we know that we have amazing potential and because we have a vision of how things could be or may be in the future, but then we rarely make the effort necessary to make the dreams come true.  I have dreams that have come true, and some that haven't--and most of the latter haven't because I've been focused on other things that I truly enjoy, and I've had to choose what I pursue.

Do you have dreams that you want to pursue, but don't?  Perhaps you're afraid of the effect you'd have on a spouse or a family--if that's the case, are there any ways of compromising, of finding ways to pursue your dream while still meeting your responsibilities.  No one says that dreams are all or nothing-- very often, it's possible to pursue more than one goal or dream at a time.  Sometimes we need to be creative in our ways of pursuing what we really want.

Your dream may change the world, and it may change just your world.  Either way, your dreams are worth pursuing, perhaps in increments and perhaps indirectly, but worth it nonetheless.

Questions to consider:

Name one dream that you have, but haven't pursued.  Is there a part of that dream that you can pursue right now?

Why do so many of us give up on our dreams completely rather than finding ways of making them come true?

How can you help other people to pursue their dreams?

For further thought:

You cannot be wimpy out there on the dream-seeking trail.  Dare to break through barriers, to find your own path.

Les Brown
  

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