“Too many dreams are cast by the wayside in deference to opinions and tradition. Too many ambitions have been postponed for the wrong reasons. Too many lives have been lived for a tomorrow which never came. Ask yourself now, “If I had only a few months to live, what would I be doing?” Do not dwell on fear, but consider your opportunities! Then do it. Can any of us afford to throw away one moment of life?” ~ Alan Cohen, The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore …
This world is such an amazing place… and yet it has so much more potential–it could be more wonderful, more beautiful, and more miraculous, for as Alan points out, far too many dreams, ambitions, and lives have been postponed, cast aside, and given up on. How many individuals do you know who have given up on their dreams of pursuing a certain career or profession because men or women are typically not supposed to do that line of work, or because they were following in their father’s or mother’s footsteps, or because they were told that the job was unimportant, silly, or had no merit? We all have our own unique and authentic gifts to share with the world, and it pains me to imagine all the beautiful songs that were never heard, novels that were never read, lives that were never touched, hearts that were never moved, simply because someone was convinced they might fail.
The truth is that doubt, fear, and complacency kill far more dreams and ambitions than failure ever will. When we fail, we simply found a way that will not work and can continue on. But when we succumb to doubt and fear we are no longer looking for ways to succeed. We give up on ourselves, we essentially throw away all the potential that God has given to us as a gift; an act that shows little to no appreciation for those blessings in our lives.
There is no better time than now to go after our dreams and ambitions and to live our lives to the fullest. They are beautiful parts of who we are, setting us apart from those around us, and when we toss them aside like trash, we are giving up on an opportunity to fully realize who we are–to become that unique individual we are meant to be. Those dreams of ours are gifts that can help us to define our meaning and our purpose and can assist us in becoming lighthouses on a hill–beacons of hope for all those around us who might be looking for guidance and direction in their own lives.
Take a moment today to further a dream of yours.
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