“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We have been given this moment to dream. Let’s use it wisely. As another famous Irish Poet, Arthur O’Shaughnessy once said, “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Dreams usually have some form of price tag associated with them. No matter how creative or frugal we are, it costs to travel, to go to university, to set up a small business, or raise a family. These desires are worthy of the monetary outlay.
If the dream is merely to increase personal wealth, the price exacted to achieve this goal may be too high.
“The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.”
“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”
We were all born for greatness, even though only a few individuals will be recognized by name in history. That does not lessen our contribution, nor does it signify that our participation did not change the course of world events. Our dreams are ever renewed when we act with compassion and optimism. And when our voices merge with others, every thing is possible. John Lennon once said, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.”
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.”
Robert F. Kennedy
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What does “dream big dreams” really mean? The definition of “big” is: of considerable size, extent, or intensity. While these three adjectives serve to provide a basic meaning, they can only be understood by way of comparison using a reference point or yardstick. Context provides the subtle nuances that are lacking in the mere words – size, extent, intensity.
Humanity is small within the structure of the universe. The extent of our physical reach is limited by time and space. We live intense lives, but they are short compared to the duration of a star. William Butler Yeats once said, “In dreams begins responsibility.” Perhaps “big dreams” are those that are universal, that endure beyond our timeline, foster a greater good and gives meaning to our existence.
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
On the whole, we make an effort to live and work together in harmony. Most of us avoid conflict, especially with those with whom we are closely associated. We are conditioned to conduct ourselves within an established range of behaviours. Even so, we are taught to “dream big.” Sometimes these dreams may diverge with those in our well-meaning communities.
Dreams are never easy, yet they belong to us. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley once said, “My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed – my dearest pleasure when free.”
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
I have always considered dreams to be possibilities waiting, begging us to take them out for a spin drive. There is always a leap of some kind involved because dreams take us from point A to point B, usually at an accelerated speed. For once we have taken the first tentative step it seems that we lose our footing only to be swept away into unknown territory, much like Alice in Wonderland. This is the profound moment when imagination engages with reality.
Paul Valéry, French poet, essayist, and philosopher, once said, “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” Dreams become concrete when we act upon those ideas born in moments of creative imaginings.
One thing is certain; we will be in a different place.
“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland