WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR DREAMS?

 

The reality is that our dreams are often at war with the circumstances around us; which are not always favourable when we want to begin something great.

I am confident that given the opportunity to express our heart desires, the list would not be complete without including the desire to get ahead in life; the deep desire to do great things that we are created to accomplish. The reality is that unless we begin to do something about these desires or dreams, they will remain as they are.  I remember a sad story that a friend told me growing up. It is a story of a boy who bragged about the kind of car he would drive when he grew up. He would tell the story to everyone who would listen. As he grew up, he continued to share the dream. However, something changed in his narrative; he began to brag about the kind of cars that were parking on his street. How could this be? How did he move from pursuing his personal dream to vicariously living someone else’s dream?

The reality is that our dreams are often at war with the circumstances around us; which are not always favourable when we want to begin something great. We are torn between two choices; starting in the midst of an imperfect situation or waiting for the circumstances to change. Wise King Solomon said that, “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”

If we do nothing at all, we can expect to accomplish nothing at all. If we dwell too much on the circumstances, it becomes easy to reason why ‘it’ cannot be done or to succumb to our fears.  It is my view that at times it is not only the perceived danger that stops us from beginning, but rather that we are so fixed on wanting to see the full picture before taking those first steps that we stop before we even start. We need to be courageous and take those first baby steps. It could be beginning a relationship with God, a new business venture or project, reaching for the dream, a new career, family, friendship, reaching out to others, a new door of opportunity, studying further, stopping a bad habit or starting a good one, starting a new relationship or ending a wrong one, an act of kindness or whatever the case may be. We can draw from the wisdom of the late President Nelson Mandela’s words, “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

By Reneilwe Langa

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