How do you DREAM?
“As a man thinketh, so is he.”
Dreams start with a thought. Dreams are a powerful tool. Your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, and your actions shape your life.
There’s scripture in the bible that says “without vision the people will perish.” So, without a dream (direction) you will surely die. It will be a quiet death, but death none-the-less. Do you know how many cures and inventions that have never come to life because people don’t dream. Sadly, often times, dreaming is not even encouraged. Well consider yourself encouraged today.
Dreams are not fantasies. It is important that you don’t confuse the two. When your dreams becomes a fantasy you need a new dream. Let me give you an example.
I ran track in high school and my dream at the time was to be like decorated Olympian, Carl Lewis. I wasn’t getting any faster as I progressed through my track career and that reality kicked in around my junior year in high school. Being the next Carl Lewis was becoming less of a dream and more of a fantasy. If I would have continued to think I was going to be the next Carl Lewis, I would have just been living in a fantasy world, wasting a lot of time while moving further away from my true destiny.
So, I locked in on my second dream of becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. I was a leader in JROTC, second in command of the Corps of cadets, and I got accepted into a military academy that had an early commissioning program. I later received my commission and was on my way to achieving my dream. My dream was 2nd Lieutenant. My destiny was becoming a leader. Following my dreams led me to my true destiny.
Sometimes your dreams will out-live you. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech comes to mind. Dr. King was a prophetic dreamer who dreamed of a society that didn’t exist at the time. He died before it became a reality. In my opinion, his dream stayed alive for one reason only. His dream was written. His dream was documented. His dream was memorialized. If you have a dream and it’s not written down, it’s just a fantasy. It has no chance of coming to life.
Some people dream about what they see others doing. I call that dreaming from the outside in. Limiting their dreams to what’s acceptable in society. I want you to dream from the inside out. I want you to dream from the depths of your soul.
I want you to dream like Langston Hughes tells us in his poem, “Dreams:”
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Is your life a barren field, frozen with snow? We live in communities that are barren fields. There’s no hope because there are no dreamers. A lot of fighters, but not enough dreamers. Will you be one? Will you dream?
So let’s recap
1. Dreams start with thoughts, but can become your life if you write your dreams and take the actions needed to build them
2. Dreams are not fantasies. Dreams have to be memorialized, write them down.
3. Dream from the inside-out, don’t base them on societies influence.
4. People who don’t dream are limited by culture, race, sex, religion, and economics. Dreamers have no limits.
Thomas Edison dreamed of using light like no other man had thought before.
Steve Jobs envisioned creating innovative technology. His dream will impact millions for generations to come.
The slave dreamed of his freedom. I am the hope of the slave. My dream has led me to the freedom I have today.
So I encourage you to DREAM today!