Once Upon a Time I Had a Dream?…

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Dream

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Success Starts With a Dream, Photo by Ray Horner Jr.

They say the two most important days in a persons life were the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born.
Viola Davis

Can you could actually tell a story about  a dream you “used to have” that you may have forgotten? A dream you KNOW was given to you not by man made concoctions? A dream placed DEEP  into your soul by the DREAM GIVER that you have either forgotten or are “over thinking” with your own logic and practicality?

I am reflecting on a scene in the book The Dream Giver that involves  the main character called Ordinary and his Father:

One evening after work, Ordinary went to his Parents to watch the box. But their box was broken, so the house was very quiet. It was even more quiet because his Mother was out shopping at Familiar Foods.

In the quietness, Ordinary started to think about his Dream again. He looked over at his Father sitting in his recliner, staring at the single page of Nobody’s News. Maybe he could help.

“Father,” said Ordinary””I’m growing sadder by the day. I don’t like my Usual job anymore. In fact, I think I hate it.” Father looked up, “That’s terrible” he said. ” What happened.?”

Before he could stop himself, Ordinary started tslking about the Dream Giver, and about his Big Dream. ” I was made to be a Somebody and achieve Great Things!” he said. And then he told his Father the Name of his Dream. As he spoke, his voice trembled. He was sure that his Father would laugh or call him a fool.

But his Father didn’t. ” I’m not surprised to hear you say these things, “he said.

“You’re not?” said Ordinary.

No,” his Father said. “You’ve had that Dream ever since you were little. Don’t you remember? You used to build that same dream with sticks and mud in front of this very house.”

Then Ordinary did remember He’d always had his Dream! It was what he’d always wanted to do and what he’d always thought he’d be good at doing.

His eyes filled with tears, “Father,” he said, “I think I was born to do this”.

Ordinary and his Father sat together quietly. His Father seemed to be remembering something, too. After a while he asked.”When you woke up to your Big Dream Son, did you happen to find…a feather?”

Ordinary was shocked. “How did you know?” he asked.

” A long time ago, I woke up to a Dream , too.” his Father said. “And it came with a long white feather. It was a wonderful Dream. I kept the feather on my windowsill while I waited for a chance to pursue it. I waited and waited. But it never seemed possible…One day I noticed the feather had turned to dust.”

Of all the sad words, Ordinary had ever heard these were the saddest.

Before he left that night, his Father hugged him. “Don’t make the same mistake I did, Son” he said. “You don’t have to stay a Nobody. You can be a Dreamer.”  from the book The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson

Are you waiting rather than praying and acting on your dream? Don’t make your dream just a story that starts out with “Once upon a time I had a dream… Change it today with “I have a dream…

 

 

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Do You Have A Dream Inside of You?-Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Dream
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are there dreams on your Life Road?

Sometimes we get comfortable in the routine of making a living, stressing out about making a living then graduate to the routine of waiting for the pension and social security check to stressing out about getting more than the pension and social security check.

If you compound that with the sometimes preoccupation with illness, recovery and family dramas dreams can get lost on our life road. We tend to travel away rather than to any hope of having or exploring a dream.

One evening while staying overnight with my mom I read the book The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson. I had to stay awake most of the night to keep a watchful eye on her because after her surgery she may have need for me during the night.

This book not only keep me awake but also awakened a desire to look for and explore the idea of having a dream in my baby boomer years. I realized that some I had earlier in life were either lost or unexplored. That I allowed, too often, life challenges or other peoples discouragement to just get in the way.

I think about the time that I wanted to go to a high school outside of my district. The only way to get in was to take a language our school did not offer. In this case it was Hebrew.My mom and I visited the principal and was told that even he had a hard time learning Hebrew. He discouraged us from trying and we settled.

Yet, the high school I did attend had a librarian who one day asked me, while doing my duties in the Library Club, if I ever thought about going to college. I said no, it was not on my radar. My aspirations, at that time were to be a secretary because I was good at touch typing.

Thank God for Mrs. Little who lit a fire inside of me with possibilities that have  lasted even in my baby boomer years.

The character in this awesome little book is named Ordinary who lives in the land of Familiar. Now it does not say how old Ordinary was but our character went to work at the Usual job. I suspect that those of us who may not work at the Usual job have the Usual activity and work schedule.

But like Ordinary you will find that you have a dream inside of you. Perhaps it is unexplored, lost in the shuffle of life’s dramas or maybe you have already begun to pursue it.

Do you have a dream? Do you have something nagging at your insides but have been just too busy to explore it?

Part 2-Are you too old to dream?

More on Dreams-Are You Ordinary Living Life as a Nobody in a Land of Familiar?

Yesterday my mom came home from the hospital. I decided to sit up and  stay  her for the night. I felt restless, although tired, but was determined to quietly read the Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkenson while I listened for any stirrings from my mom.

It felt strange reading instead of punching keys on a computer keyboard in the wee hours of the night. But the simple yet powerful story of a Nobody character named Ordinary who lived in the Land of Familiar took me on a roller coaster of emotions. I poured through the pages seeing my life unfold.

I underlined passages in the book written in the style of the Pilgrim’s Progress  like:

  • Ordinary says, “Now I know a secret: I can take courage even when I am afraid.”
  • “Then Ordinary stumbled in despair across the sandy Waste, dragging his empty suitcase behind him. His dream was dead, and now he wanted to die, too.
  • “Tears began streaming down his cheeks. “Take away my darkness, ” he pleaded. “Give me your light!” And the Dream Giver did. He took away Ordinary’s darkness and gave him his light.
  • Ordinary recognized the Giant towering over him. It was Moneyless..”
  • Ordinary writes, “Unbelief is dangerous. So far I have chosen to Believe. But it feels risky every time.”

I am almost finished but I am already inspired and hopeful. I am so glad the book popped off my shelf while looking for something on blogging.

I am going to pull my dreams out of the corner. How about you?

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? Do You Still Dream?

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Facebook Fan Page Series

I adore the commercial by AARP which asks baby boomers and seniors, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I find myself answering with various unfulfilled dreams.

I had forgotten about dreaming lately. It is hard in the midst of realistic life dramas. But they must never, ever be forgotten. I pulled a book of my shelf  that was a gift to me but never read. It is called The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson. I plan to read it this week! I get my dreams back!

What about you? What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you still have dreams?

Baby Boomers Are Becoming Experts in Change Because We Still Dream-Join The Boomster Contest

Keep Dreaming!

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Baby boomers are making changes. Often those changes are by choice or forced. By experience alone we are becoming experts in change.  Those changes include lifestyle, career,physical hobby, and other unique changes.

Yet, I am convinced that we are only able to do this because we still hold on to our dreams. We refuse to let go despite the many adaptations we learn to do. Actually those dreams can give us purpose and a way to deal with unwanted changes. I like to call it HOPE. 

Recently I was in the doctors office awaiting a report. I decided after putting a prayer in, to reflect on one of my dreams. Would I give that dream up? Or would I keep going but with adaptations. I knew that I would try with all my might not to stop having hope that my dreams would come true.

Ok, I admit that there are times that I want depression to win in bursting that dream bubble. “Why not just give up”, says an unfriendly voice. Or it may even come from someone you like or love. Ha, you just never know. But if you listen closely there will always be a voice of encouragement. Sometimes it may be just reading about a baby boomer who is talking about a dream that came true. Or it may be something simple like a loved one not having pain that day.

Well one of the premier social networking sites, Boomster.com is running a “one of a kind” contest that involves our dreams until March, 15, 2009.

So go check it out and join the contest today!

May all your dreams come true.