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by dan gambardello
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I perceive dreams to be our significant motivation, and what we strive for. Even in the deepest of our sleeps, we are aware of our desires, and our most ideal expectations of our future. Not only do our dreams exist when we are awake, but they sit at the side of our beds in the dark of the night awaiting the sunrise of our lives. They are our first thoughts in the morning, and our final thoughts in the nighttime. Our dreams define our character, and the way we live, talk, make decisions, and most importantly, they define every situation that we find ourselves in. We should choose the paths of our dreams; the attainment of those dreams should be our destination. Our inspiration to endure until we succeed may sometimes lie in the selfishness of prideful persistence. Likewise, the will to make our dreams a reality might occasionally appear to be driven by a wrong sense of want. So do we lock our dreams in our bedrooms in the morning, or do we carry them on our shoulders, and allow them to be our eyes? That is not so much the question, but who is in control of our life resolution: our dreams, or us? Some may state that their dreams are in control, and their dreams are what guide them. On this level of argument, I will say on the contrary that I am in control of my dreams, and I guide them with the aspirations of apprehending my goals, and if not that, then my end will be my best.
First it is essential that I elucidate the difference between hopes and the certain aspect of dreams that I speak of. A hope can be considered a desire, or an expected fulfillment of one’s wishes. Hope is something that must be waited upon; consequently it is something that we can not control. Our life dreams nonetheless, are the reality of a set goal that we have planted in our future. It is only normal that our dreams be based on hope to a certain level of expectancy. When it does occur that our dreams have come true, and goals met, everything we hoped for has been given to us. Aristotle once said it perfectly: "Hope is a waking dream."
Many times have I seen the state of failure leave a man soak in his own pity bath. I have seen an aspiring businessman live his dreams for years, and lose them in days. I have witnessed the goals of a friend be altered in the middle of his endeavoring, and he was left lonesome without a dream. I myself, was abandoned by my own dreams, and left in the middle of a mountain with no rope, and no top to reach. What happens then, when our dreams do not come true, and everything we have put into them has been regretfully taken back? We ask ourselves if there was a purpose in contributing our time to our dreams. One must recognize one thing: that the will to achieve or the will to reach the top was not Gods. More than half the time, failure is taken negatively. Often, ones heart will not acquire the eyes to see the benefits of failure. Strengths have the potential to arise out of weakness. Even if we do not encounter our dreams, we may find Gods desires instead. In what we sometimes categorize as defeat, we might find the hidden essence of victory. When we are confronted with our desires and the futurity of our lives, we must face them as though they are anywhere we want them to be. It is only wise that we take the path of success that is in front of us, with the hopes of a dream, rather than take the path of a dream, with the hopes of success. The direction of our pursuit can be any direction that we choose. Conclusively, we must dictate our dreams, rather than let them dictate us. For, if our dreams are not met, we escape the qualm of an inadequate end. It is true then, if hope does not govern our dreams, we avoid absolute disappointment. In Caesar and Cleopatra, the words of George Bernard Shaw echo my sentiment, but to a higher degree: "He who has never hoped can never despair."
Many people have espied the problems of the stresses and doubts of dreams, and continued in trying to fix them. Whether you're in the local grocery store, a library, or even on the Internet, it is almost impossible to escape the new age counsel of today’s society. Flashing red letters may scream at you: "Remove your life roadblocks." The words in a magazine capture your eyes as they might read: "Unlock your inner-abundance," and proceed to lie, saying: "LIFE WITH NO WORRIES." "Click here to discover practical ways of living your dreams," says another source for "life-discovery." It bewilders me to ponder upon these opinions that life goals can be achieved and dreams can be lived in a matter of days just by reading a book, or better yet, by purchasing a CD-ROM that can be viewed in an hour. These people may be discouraged by the words of Henry David Thoreau: "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." This simply upholds my own belief that people are controlled by their dreams and hopes for their perfect future of success. They are driven to the lengths of seeking help in places that can not help them. There is no complexity in the goals that one has set. There is no puzzle in the pursuit of a dream. It is merely spotting an objective and reaching for it.
With the most precision ever displayed, the eyes of an eagle target its prey from miles away and thousands of feet in the air. Despite winds that climb up to thirty miles an hour, the eagle, with its persistence glides gracefully among the rising winds. With determination, the eagle makes its way to its prey, and its black, lifeless eyes allude to the resolute character in its being. It has no fear of failure, and every assurance of success. The eagle is in control of his end. Likewise, with this in mind, it seems reasonable to compare the eagles' journey with ours. Like the eagle, our dreams and goals lie in the distance of time, and in the future of every minute we live in. Winds one day will blow harder than other days, but we must move forward. Like the eagle, we must be in control and soar in the direction that we lead, and not the direction of the conditions around us. We must continue on our path with no fear of failure. The eagle does not hope to get its prey, but he knows his success draws near. It is confidence that earns him the favorable outcome. "Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings," said the late Samuel Johnson. To help make my case clear, his words ring true on paper.
I do not mean to present dreams as unimportant. Actually, on the contrary, I would like to stress the significance that dreams have in our lives. I only intend to introduce dreams as just dreams, and nothing more than goals. We all seem to occasionally make the mistake of crowning dreams as the king of our lives. We let determination get the best of us, and when we fall, it hurts more than we could have ever imagined. This is why it is imperative that we put our dreams in perspective. We take one step at a time, rather than jumping up five. We set a pace, rather than sprinting. We follow our hearts, rather then our dreams.
I am reminded of M.E. Whitman and what he once said concerning his own night dreams: "Scrolling down under the titles of my dreams, it always says: produced by M.E Whitman, directed by M.E. Whitman, and starring M.E. Whitman." Surely, we all want to be the stars of our dreams, and we want to hear the whisper of success in our ears. To accomplish this, it truly is possible with the proper control of our dreams and an extremely strong sense of will to do our best. As we reach the end of this motion picture of our lives, what a pleasurable time we might pass, enjoying our names coast down the credits of a black screen, chewing on the popcorn of success, and savoring every last sip out of our dream cup.

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Dennis Eldred 22 Jun 2003
some interesting thoughts


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