Ever heard anyone say, "I'm living the dream?" Often people make this hyped tongue-in-cheek remark because of wishful thinking. Most folks "live lives of quiet desperation" as the the great writer once declared.
Yet, dreams really do come true daily. The young man who works his way out of adversity to help others; the older woman, well past her prime, keeps moving and starts her own business. Yes, dreams do come true.
So, what constitutes the difference between successful dreams and nightmares? Perhaps Henry David Thoreau was on to something when he opined:
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Let me, in theological terms, exegete this baby for a moment and see what we get:
- If you keep moving. Don't stop moving forward. Quit looking back. You'll turn into a pillar of salt if not careful
- Confidently- This one's a bit scary. We lose confidence from time to time. One must recite daily affirmations in order to bolster their confidence. Read Norman Vincent Peale or Robert Schuller for help. Google them for their bibliography.
- in the direction- always keep your dream out front. Write it on a card and carry with you.
- endeavors - literally means to make an effort; It implies simplicity of effort. In other words, just do something in the direction of the dream life you're seeking.
- success- in the context means, achieve one's dream.
- unexpected common hours- someone once explained it to me this way: Some day out of the blue you will get that call. I've witnessed a legion of people teeter on the brink of giving up when all of a sudden the heavens open and the dream begins its noticeably majestic work.
What is your dream? Have you written it down on paper? I suggest you take a day to think about it on paper. Realize too that some may discourage you; explain that it can't be done. Some of those well meaning nay sayers will surprisingly be family members. But, you keep moving confidently. Eventually you will see the dream just over the horizon. And, when you do it will be greater than you imagined.
Have a great day and never cease dream.
- Jeff Taylor