June 29      

Today's quotation:

The tragedy of life doesnít lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.  It isnít a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. . . . It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.  Not failure, but low aim is sin.

Benjamin Elijah

Today's Meditation:

Life was made for dreaming, wasn't it?  Somehow, the human mind does wonderful things when we allow it to dream, to envision futures that are better, to think of things that may not be now, but that could be.  We all have dreams, and one of the major differences between people is that some of us pursue our dreams, while others of us lock them in a closet and don't let them out because we think it's a waste of time to "chase" our dreams.

We've been given dreams for a reason, I believe, and that reason is not just to tease us or make us feel bad because our life doesn't resemble our dreams.  I believe that the reason is that our dreams give us an idea of what our lives could be if we were to decide to work towards making the dreams come true.  Because if we weren't to pursue the dreams and try to make our lives more fulfilling, more positive, then what do our lives become?

Our dreams don't need to be the sole focus of our lives-- many of us find pleasure and fulfillment in work that isn't necessarily work that we've dreamed about our whole lives.  Our dreams can be something that we pursue outside of work, and many people's do so.  We can contribute greatly to the world through our work, and we can contribute to our own fulfillment and happiness through the pursuit of our dreams.  Finding a balance between the two can be a challenge, but it's usually possible.

Not all dreams will come true, of course.  Sometimes, though, the journey towards the fulfillment of the dream is more important than the actual fulfillment of the dream itself.  We can learn a great deal about ourselves and life while we pursue dreams, and even if we don't reach that dream, we've learned a lot that we can use in our next pursuit.

What dreams would you like to pursue?  They can be as simple as living in a certain place or as complicated as writing a trilogy of novels; as exciting as traveling to remote places or as "mundane" as having a safe, comfortable place to live.  No matter what your dreams, they're worth considering, and they're worth pursuing, as they can add a purpose to your life that might not have been there yesterday, before you took a good hard look at your dreams.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people decide not to pursue their dreams?

What would be a first step towards fulfilling a dream that you've had?  A second step?

Why do so many people feel devastated if they pursue a dream and don't achieve it?  What are they ignoring when they allow the negative feelings to overwhelm them?

For further thought:

I dare to dream greatly; I dare to fail greatly.  I dare to tolerate the ashes of my unfulfilled dreams, for I may dream again.  I dare not tolerate the ashes of my unfulfilled life, for I may never live again.


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