Learning to Dream Again

Do you remember when you were a child, you “dreamed” about things?

I’m not talking about the dreams you have at night while you sleep, I’m talking about dreams we had when we tried to imagine our life in the future, or dreams we had about the kind of person we wanted to become.

I wanted to be a policeman, mostly because I wanted to drive the cool car.

What did you dream about when you were a kid?

Why did you stop dreaming?

I think we’ve stopped dreaming for a number of reasons:

#1)  We don’t have the time

Our lives are so full, that we don’t take the time intentionally to simply clear our thoughts and “dream”.

#2)  There’s too much noise in our life

There’s noise everywhere we go:  music, tv, cell phones, computers, people, travel…. we don’t know how to just be quiet and allow our thoughts to move.

#3)  We’re too critical

We think that there’s no point in dreaming… nothing will ever come of it!  We’re disappointed and angry so we spend our life on things that are safe and secure, far from any chance of failure and criticism.

#4)  We’re to proud

We like to have our life in order, and to dream could mean that we’re not in control of everything.  We are simply afraid of what might happen if we dream, then if we decide to do something about it.

Today, I want to encourage you to stop what you’re doing. Turn off the noise around you.  Take some time.  Clear your thoughts.

Now, I want you to dream….  Start by asking these questions:

•What would I do if money wasn’t an issue?

•Where would I live if I could choose any spot on the planet?

•What would I do if I could start my career over again?

•How would I change the way I relate to my spouse and kids if I could start over again?

This is plenty to get you going.

Then, ask if you can realistically do anything about the things you imagined.

It’s not too late to pursue your dreams!

 “All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T. E. Lawrence

Russ Cline  2012

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