Have You Ever Wondered, “What if?”
So often we see movies and witness stories of other people’s lives and are left in awe of their accomplishments, risks and sacrifices. Then we step back and review our lives and often are left disappointed with the dreams we keep hidden and wonder what could have happened if we had taken the road less traveled in moving toward them.
Have you ever wondered, “What if?” or thought about how different your life would have been had you stepped out on those dreams and visions you were given? Have you believed that risk-taking and those stories you read and view on the big screen were only meant for others and not for your seemingly common, calm or difficult life? Have you ever thought about what would happen if in a bold move of dreaming, pursuing and trusting, your life was richly being poured out, used for the greatness and impact that you have been created for, and to live out a life that matters? I have.
We have been created to dream. Dreams began as far back as we can remember as a little boy with the toy airplane who one day dreamed of being an air craft pilot soaring through wind and traveling places that only the imagination could conceive. The tip of a dream was touched by a little girl who comforted her sick pet hamster with the words, “One day when I’m a pet doctor, I’m going to make all the animals feel better!”
Do you remember when you had your first dream? What worlds were you going to conquer or new heights were you going to soar? Were you going to live in an exotic land and have carefree days or did you dream of a wonderful family, home and life? Just for one moment, close your eyes and try to remember that very first dream you held close that you knew with all your heart would one day happen. Can you remember? Does it bring a slight smile to your face?
Now remember the freedom and innocence of that dream. Nothing was too big or too silly. It did not matter that the dream changed with each new sight, experience or adventure of the day. It was your dream and it was your stake and claim to the future. All you knew or cared about was that one day when you grew up you were going to be…
No matter how wonderful our childhoods were or how painful, in some part, a secret place was held to dream and to wonder about a world, a place, and a time outside of our present circumstance. In a very loving way, we have been equipped with an automatic “escape to hope” button in the form of our dreams. When we were sad and needed a place to propel us into the future, we could flip our dream button to imagine the events of a faraway place. When we were in the midst of struggle and felt like giving up in the middle of our journey, we could also flip that button as a reminder of what we were toiling and pressing forward to attain.
We have been created to dream, to yearn for more than the ordinary day to day provides. We feel that yearning each time we hear a story of someone accomplishing their own dreams or achieving great heights. That’s why we love to read and watch biographies of people’s lives and the harrowing escapes, sacrifices, and challenges they went through. Their stories stir up the dreams in us. We realize we have been created to dream every time we feel that unsatisfied knot of discontentment in our stomachs that cry out, “There has got to be more to my life!”, which is a confirmation that we have been wired to dream for a time that has not occurred as of that moment.
Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely tm
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