Do not let the world steal your soul. When your dream becomes impossible, what next?
What did you want to be when you were a kid? Personally I wanted to become a news anchor and then later in teenage years wished to become a medical doctor.
None of these dreams came true for me (well, not yet anyway). As teens, most of us had such dreams.
However, just like me, most teens will be disappointed. They will have neither both the natural ability, willpower, nor providence to become journalists, Doctors, economists, soccer stars or movie stars. Like me, a day will come when they will realize the impossibility of achieving their goals, only to give up on their dreams.
When we get to that point, even though it can be filled with huge disappointments, it can be a great chance as it can be packed with new hope, for as the impossible dreams die away, the possible dream can emerge and take its place.
Most of the small activities we engage in can be our greatest source of joy if we do them with an open mind and pursue them diligently. Even though we never planned to be there, they can propel and thrust us to heights we never imagined. I love Martin Luther Jr. sentiments, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets, even as Michelangelo painted, Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job so well….”
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you
The whole idea is not to be conservative with our dreams but rather be willing to see possibilities and change appropriately as we progress.
For example, Few of us can realistically expect to be a star to millions. Yet, we can be stars amongst our allies, our families, our clients and our contemporaries. If I was to be asked, I would go for that.
So, is your dream appearing so far away of farfetched? What else can you engage your mind? What simple acts can put you out there to help someone?
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