When You've Lost the Will to Dream

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Fitts Agency

"I stopped dreaming thirty years ago, " the old man said, "when I started seeing the world as it was rather than as it could be."

I could feel the old man's pain.  My mind, clouded with cynicism, had begun to shut out the dreams of my youth.  Oh, I know some of those dreams were wild and fantastic, but none were impossible, really.

"What happened to you that made you stop dreaming," I asked him.

"I settled with what life handed me, rather than the life I could have created."

"What would you do differently?"

The old man sighed, and with a tear in his eye said,  "I would have followed that still, small voice that kept telling me what I was created to do, and not listened to the average folks of the world."

I turn forty-two next month.  Forty wasn't bad.  Forty-one, okay.  But, forty-two, whoa.  For some reason this birthday bothers me.  I'm closer to death than I have ever been, and I'm average.  My dreams were never average.  I hate average, yet I find myself, like the old man, inching towards that comfort zone of accepting what life is offering me rather than creating the life I desire.

Everything fantastic in life starts with a dream.

For some reason this morning, I felt compelled to write about this.  Maybe it's because you need encouragement to dream again. Maybe it's because it's time for me to dust off my old dreams and get to work creating the life that my small voice keeps telling me I should have.

Whatever the reason, let's start creating.  I'm going to write down my dreams and goals and put a plan underneath them.  Let me know what you are going to do.

"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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Don't give up, Brother. Keep dreaming. Move forward. Do something new. I turned 40 last November and I've never been more excited about life, and the possibilities in front of me. My wife thinks i'm crazy now, but I wouldn't change it for anything!

June 07, 2010 07:23 PM
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I remember hearing that Walt Disney at the end of his life and confined to a hospital bed asked a reporter to climb on the bed and look up toward the ceiling where Walt drew with his finger as he enthusiastically explain his next big dream. He never stopped dreaming and was a happy man because of it.

June 07, 2010 09:29 PM
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Thank you for such an eloquent post. What if Walt Disney stopped dreaming...what if children stopped dreaming...what if God didn't give His only son, we have so much to be thankful for and most of us have more than enough. I pray that you will dream in technicolor and that your light would shine so before men that they would be blinded. I wish you continued success and dreams the size of mountains!!!

June 07, 2010 11:36 PM
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Thank you for such an eloquent post. What if Walt Disney stopped dreaming...what if children stopped dreaming...what if God didn't give His only son, we have so much to be thankful for and most of us have more than enough. I pray that you will dream in technicolor and that your light would shine so before men that they would be blinded. I wish you continued success and dreams the size of mountains!!!

June 07, 2010 11:37 PM
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Todd, Great thought provoking post you've presented. First of all, I hope you find great comfort in the fact that you have not been singled out! There is no experience that is not common to mankind. I'm 52 with the next Bday looming large on the horizon. This life is wonderful I know you'd agree, even if fleeting. Keep the DREAMS alive.

 I recommend you read Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. This is a quick but profound read.

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