The importance of following your dreams
Hanging above my head in my office is something that looks rather like a large fishing net. It is a band of circular metal, with a mesh of two sizes attached to it. Feathers hang down round the edges. I had heard of these but never seen one until I got mine. The shop explained that the American Indians used them to catch their dreams.
We all know the dangers for dreamers. They are likely to walk with their heads in the clouds, they may take foolish risks, and their dreams may not be unlikely but downright impossible.
It was one thing for the ugly ducking to dream of being a swan, but he could have dreamt all his life of being a pink flamingo and never had a chance of making it.
And for those reasons the dreamer needs to have at least one person they can share the dream with, who will encourage them, sometimes bring them a little nearer to earth, and occasionally tell them they are in pink flamingo mode. The book of Proverbs says "There is safety in many counsellors; it’s normally foolish and always arrogant to believe that nobody else could possibly understand, or help us to catch our dreams."
But it is vital that the people that we take into our confidence are men and women of vision, sometimes they are called ‘can do’ people. I would, however, call them dream catchers. When they see a mountain in the way they don’t say, we must turn back, they ask how can we get over it, around it or get rid of it. Dream Killers say, that’s the biggest mountain I have ever seen, I bet people have died to try to get over it, probably some this very afternoon.
Many people who have never been able to fulfil their dreams have just shared them with the wrong people. You may be one of those. You ran to your boss, friends or family full of the new idea, bursting with the possibility of the dream, but little did you know that the bucket of cold water was already waiting behind the door.
There have been times in my life where I have been part of the answer and catalyst to people realising their dreams or making that first step and sadly occasions when I have been part of the problem.
It’s true that there were a lot of disappointments and failures in my life but learning to live with failure is part of the stock in trade of the dreamer.
Someone once told me it takes 15yrs to become an overnight success. I have no doubt that many of the years I have had are filled with apparent failure. I say apparently because if we don’t let failure crush us, there is no more effective mentor.
So are you a dreamer or are you a dream catcher?