Why we need to dream

Dream and the horizon comes closer.

“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.”

Why do we find dreams so fascinating?  Why do so many song lyrics contain the word ‘dream’, or TV shows use it to entice us to watch their ‘dream holiday’ or ‘dream home’ programmes?  Because a dream has the power to take us away from our daily mundane activities to a life of seemingly endless possibilities.  And who doesn’t want that?  We may never go on that round-the-world trip or end up in that country mansion, but those images are extremely compelling, and the truth is we need to dream.  Not passively reclining in a deck chair thinking ‘Oh wouldn’t it be wonderful if …’, but actively forming our future in our minds.  After all, we need to imagine our future before we have a hope of ever realising it.

For some of us our longings, frustrations and secret tears are forcing us to look beyond the present to what we dare to believe may be possible.  Others of us have such clarity and passion about what we want to communicate to the world that it’s nearly burning a hole in our hearts.  But at whatever end of the spectrum we find ourselves, we need to give ourselves permission to have those dreams.  They don’t need to be ground-breaking, world-changing visions – it’s not the size of them that matters, but their value to us.  They are the engines that drive the wheels of change in our lives.  They lure us out of our reticence then propel us into our vibrant, dynamic future.  It’s easy to have them for others, for our children: hopes for their future and for what they will become.  But we need them for ourselves too.  What are yours? Take a step today towards making it come true by leaving a comment to let the world know what you’re aiming for.

If you’ve forgotten who you are and what you can achieve beyond being a parent; if you’d like to know more about making your dreams a reality then check out my best-selling book, ‘Unlock the Cage: Empowering parents to step out of fear into freedom.’  Available at Amazon: http://amzn.to/YhMEue

 

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