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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
-- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama


Daily Motivator Special Feature

Is it realistic to dream?

by Ralph Marston

Is it realistic to dream? Or are there so many problems in the world that we cannot expect to dream of a better life, and to work to make that dream real?

Actually, the way I see it, there’s nothing more realistic than a dream you have for your life. Dreams create value. Dreams connect to the part of you that’s alive, the part of you that is unique and has value. Dreams connect to that.

Without dreams you have no meaningful purpose. Without dreams, in fact, there really are no problems. Because what is a problem anyway? How do you know something is a problem? It’s a problem because it gets in the way of the life you want to live. Well, what is it that you want to live? What is it that defines the life you want to live? It’s your dreams. It’s the purpose within you, the things that are important to you, your vision of how life can be when it’s at its best.

That’s what a dream is. Dreams are unrealistic? NO! Dreams are the core of your reality. Dreams are the standard by which you evaluate everything else, the standard by which you decide what’s desirable and what’s not.

That being the case, here we are. We’re in a world full of problems. Debt. Unemployment. Disease. War. Terrorism. On and on and on. Problems.

So what’s the best response?

Is the best response to whine and cry about it? Is the best response to give up because it’s so overwhelming? Is the best response to blame other people and get angry about it?

Or… is the best response to do something positive, to reach within yourself and connect with what you truly want to do, and with how you truly want to live, and to find a way to get it done?

The way I see it, the best response is to make use of whatever situation you find yourself in, to make use of the world in which you find yourself.

Are dreams realistic? I don’t know of anything that’s more realistic than what’s truly meaningful to you. Because without that, nothing else matters. Realistic doesn’t even have a definition if you don’t have a purpose. Realistic doesn’t matter if there’s nothing meaningful in your life.

Are dreams realistic? They certainly are for me. The dream of living a life of meaning is in fact the basis of all reality that I can experience. I can’t speak for anyone else. But for me, dreams are absolutely realistic. I hope they are for you too.

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