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It all starts with finding your dream
The place to start your life journey is of course finding that dream.  Many of us dream, but what many of us take for granted is that dreams are powerful.

Dreams are among those precious few intangibles that have inspired men and women to get up, go to hell and back, and change the world. So what do dreams help us accomplish?

This would be finding your life's journey to your promised land.

Many of us like to think of our life journey, as the paths taken, to make it to our 'Promised Land'.

When it comes to our life's journey, dreams are the only thing that can make this happen; and I’m not talking about the sort of fantasy dreams that can’t physically happen.

What we are talking about is the sort of dream that will inspire you.  A dream that you are really prepared to sweat for, in order to make it become your reality.  So you must own it.

This quote from T.E. Lawrence means a lot to me:

‘All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.’
Our job is to be the dangerous type. The one who dreams by day and acts to make those dreams come alive and actually happen.

So please take some time to get this right. It is not going to happen at the flick of a switch, like turning on a light.

Go for a walk tonight and think about this.  Think about your family.  Ask yourself where do you want to be in 3-5 years at that stage in your  life with them.

Think about what really makes you smile when no one is watching you.

Think about what motivates you to jump out, not just simply crawl out of bed.

Think about what would make you scream inside your car every morning before you hit the road; "Lets get this party started right!!!"

Next, you need to ask yourself  if you want to make it to your Promised Land; what would you be doing right now if you didn't need the money and were already financially independent.

You must then ask yourself about what really excites you day after day. What would inspire you to keep going long after most people would quit.

Find those answers and aha! There-in lies your dream. This has now become the road-map  that will get you there.  Now that you have this map to your Promised Land, you must follow its calling; for this is when your life will truly become an adventure.

Lastly, this dream needs to be realistic and achievable, so you must use your common sense and exercise good judgment.

Whatever you do, don’t confuse realism with pessimism!   Think big, make sure it is physically possible, and as long as the key ingredients to achieving it are vision and hard work, then go for it.

Jot it down in a small notepad that you will always keep close to you.  Pin it on your wall at home and at work or somewhere you will see it every day.

Nothing has more power in our world than LOVE, PICTURES and WORDS.

So what are you waiting for?

Your journey has begun!

God bless

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    Old Lefty
  •  Eric Allen Bell? Is that you? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    a gilas girl

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 04:28:25 PM PST

  •  FWIW (1+ / 0-)
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    Lastly, this dream needs to be realistic and achievable, so you must use your common sense and exercise good judgment.
    Dreams do not come with guarantees. You can either dream big and go for it or live by the sentence above - not both.
    •  As an engineer AND a dreamer (0+ / 0-)

      I must disagree. Making dreams real is hard work, and walking the talking is far harder than just talking. So, if the goal is to make it, say, to the top of a mountain, metaphorical or otherwise, unless you're going it alone, then it is wise to take a path the entire company can accomplish, less heroic than the vertical face, but far more useful to workaday folks. We are all inspired by the lone climber hanging by mere fingernails, and that is fine, but actually bringing un-heroes to the heroic vista, to me, is the more useful and boring and difficult and un-heroic but beautiful enterprise.

      Of all the dreams that I have dreamed the ones I've made real are the best and the best of those are the ones where I've managed to bring folks along who would never otherwise have seen the vista, dealing with the sore feet and the nervous Nellies and the attempted whining and the facts of thinning air and brand new boots on blistered feet, bringing all of that and more to the place where much seems possible that did not seem so before, is hard and dangerous and best be well planned and well managed, unless loosing someone off a cliff along the way is not important. Dreams that make a difference to more than just the dreamer are, in my experience, made up mostly of hard work and careful step by step plodding topped off with sore footed satisfaction and a look in other folks eyes that says "I didn't think I could do this, but now I know I can".

      Its like sex; ok if ya gotta go solo, but better when shared. And if it's your job to take the party to the peak you do not want to loose your partner(s) half way up, or down.

      Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

      by Old Lefty on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:46:00 AM PST

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  •  Awesome! (1+ / 0-)
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    Thank you!

    •  You're very welcome. (1+ / 0-)
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      •  I would like to see more diaries like yours here. (0+ / 0-)

        How we hold things, or as you say how we "dream" them, makes a big, big difference. Visioning changes our frequency and actually takes us to the frequency place where what we want already exists.  I was on a thread here a few days ago where several people were writing about how "completely impossible" it is for Dems to take the house in 2014 and then adding all this "evidence" to support their conclusions.

        My "daytime dream" is that this CAN happen and my vision of this possibility inspires me into taking action towards that goal.

  •  where' monty python when you need em? (0+ / 0-)

    spam, spam, spam spam...

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:52:54 PM PST

  •  What™? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:14:44 PM PST

  •  The subject here is worthy (0+ / 0-)

    though the tone is a bit too prescriptive for my tastes. I support the sentiment; visualize then actualize is more than just mere words, as long as it is acted upon and not just words. I won't bore anyone here with the details, since I already did that above, kinda, but I know this to be true from personal experience. I've pimped my own high flown drivel from time to time as well, so I can relate to that effort too. Whatever the motivation of the author, I believe that there is the seed here of useful discussion. Life in fact is made of dreams.

    Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

    by Old Lefty on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:07:06 AM PST

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