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Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Monday, January 29, 1996

Dig out your dreams and dust them off

What is your dream? More than anything else, what do you want to accomplish in your life? And why?

We get so caught up in the day-to-day activities, the “overhead” of life, that we usually forget to seek out and appreciate the real substance of life. What is your dream? Do you know?

Yes, you have one. You’ve probably had it since you were a child. When we’re children, dreams come easy. Anything is possible and we’re not limited by the narrow-mindedness that experience brings. Every child has dreams.

And then “reality” sets in. Responsibility. Decisions. Trying to please and impress other people. Little by little, as we grow older, the world begins to cover our dreams over. Layer upon layer of sludge and debris get piled on top of our dreams until finally we no longer know they’re there.

But they are. They’re buried deep, but your dreams are there. And occasionally you connect with them, if only for a second. You see something, hear something, catch a whiff of a scent from long ago. Your dream comes back to you for a moment and you feel a deep sense of regret that you never did follow it. Then something “more important” comes along and it’s gone again.

What are you living for if not to follow your dreams? Are you living for money? Are you living for pleasure? Have you taken the easy way out and allowed yourself to live for someone else’s dream?

Dig down deep and connect with your life’s dreams. Have a dream and you’ll have a life that’s full and rewarding.

— Ralph Marston

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