I hope that I never stop dreaming. I have great hopes and expectations of things that are going to happen in the world in my life time, and hope for personal dreams to be fulfilled. To have a dream often keeps us moving forward.
Children are great dreamers. To them, nothing is impossible or absurd. They believe they can do or become anything. Isn’t it a shame that often along the way children stop dreaming or are afraid to express their dreams.
Every dream will probably not come true for one person, but many of their dreams may fall right in place if they don’t give up.
Do you still have dreams? Sometimes people have been disappointed on such a regular basis that they have dreams but are afraid to share them.
Dreaming in itself is a good thing for most people. It lets us fantasize in a positive direction about what we hope to accomplish or who we want to become. The dreams we hold dear say a lot about us.
I had a student once tell me that I was a dream squasher. We had been having a class discussion about careers and what they children wanted to be when they grow up. This one particular child said he didn’t need to go to school, didn’t need to study because he was going to play for the NFL.
Playing for the NFL was a lofty dream. The dangerous part of that dream was that he only allowed himself to see one outcome and had no back up plan. When I told him that he needed an education to make good business decisions if he did make it as an NFL star, and an education to help find a job if he should become injured or unable to play ball. So, he thought I was a dream squasher.
That certainly is something I’d never want to be. But even our biggest dreams need to be tempered with reality. Some dreams only come true when we put the effort into them, and some dreams are not going to come to pass no matter how much effort we put forward.
I think our dreams are like seeds. Each dream, each creative thought is like a seed. Imagine all of the seeds within a milkweed pod and think of each one of them as being a dream. When they take to the wind, it is amazing at how many seeds are In one pod and how easily they ride the wind to parts unknown.
Jesus tells a parable about sowing seeds in Matthew 13:18 – 23.
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
If our dreams were seeds, only one of them has to fall on fertile ground to spring up and produce a new plant that will in turn produce many new seed. Perhaps it is an act of faith to release our dreams, just like the seeds that travel on the wind. They must be released before they can find a home, take root and grow.
Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”