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SHOW ME A DREAMER


Those who lose dreaming are lost. –Aboriginal proverb

The kinds of dreams we have determine the quality of our lives. The problem is not that we don’t dream. The problem is that we seldom dream high enough.

What we dream about we will surely get—or at least some pale facsimile of it. What is important is not getting the dream but being able to appraise it once it is within reach. To dream without being willing to do something ourselves to make the dream come true dooms us to a life that never comes to fruit.

When we stop pursuing a dream before the dream is clearly impossible, we fail to pursue our own best development. Then we have to ask what it is that is really blocking us: fear, insecurity, lack of initiative or lack of faith?

What we are inclined to call in our realistic old age “the dreams of youth” may be the saddest commentary a person can make on the state of the human soul. Dreams don’t die in youth; they are simply abandoned there for the sake of a deceit we call “realism.” Dreams are not only for the young. Dreams make every stage of life the great adventure it is meant to be.

The nice thing about a dream is that we never get exactly what we set out to achieve—which means that there are always things left over to pursue when the journey of life goes dark. Not to have a dream for tomorrow, for next year, for life is to abandon myself not simply to chance but to life without a rudder. Show me a dreamer and I’ll show you one of God’s heartbeats for the human race.

(Joan Chittisters)

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