Thursday, December 27, 2012
DREAMING IS FREE
Dreaming is free. You will never know what can happen if you do dream! And you certainly won't know, if you don't dream at all.
Okay I agree, sometimes dreams don't come true. Sometimes they just get lost and stuck and unrealized. But then sometimes they do come true and you find out without even realizing it, you have become your dream!
What does that mean you might ask. It means you have a dream, a wish, a goal, a brass ring you are reaching for. You fuss and fume that nothing ever goes your way, that nothing turns out right and nothing you can do will change that. But that is where you are wrong. A negative mind breeds nothing positive. Except perhaps you are convinced that you are positive that you are negative and life is not going the way you want it to!! You become what you think!!
We are all survivors of a sort. We will survive either way. And yes sometimes our dreams are not all realized. We don't get the car in the driveway we have always wanted. The house isn't big enough or fancy enough or expensive enough. You know the drill. But think about what really matters. What really is important. What really makes a difference in our lives. What really brings our dreams alive.
It is my fervent and deepest possible belief that the reason we're on this earth is to help ease the pain of others. And in so doing, we help ourselves. Try it. Really try it. I guarantee you if you do so with an open heart and a genuine spirit of giving, you will become your own dream.
It isn't easy, if you are stuck in the midst of a negative mindset. Or if you decide there are hundreds of things more important than helping someone else, least of all someone who is a stranger. It takes time away from your stuff, your things, your goals. After all your time is valuable. And goodness knows how important you are.
I have observed people from various community and church groups who are volunteering at various wounded warrior functions. They are simply there. Their mind and heart is elsewhere. They are doing this to fulfill an obligation or get another notch in their belt, or their girl friend made them go, or they get another line on their resume. Watching their watches and standing on first one leg and then the other, they can't wait to get out the door. And then out the door they go. Their heart was definitely not in it.
But what if, what if they took the time to look at these warriors and think about what they endured, suffered and witnessed and sacrificed for their freedom. What if they took the opportunity to sit down and talk to one of them. What if they really and truly cared.
But there is the rub....they don't really and truly care. And this is where their dream dies. For if they are not able to care about another human being in need, in pain, in heartbreak, in misery then they themselves are the most miserable of all creatures.
This is all too prevalent. Most people take life for granted. With what I do, I don't have that opportunity or ability. Life is precious. For my warriors, courage is sometimes holding on a minute longer.
One warrior took 16 bullets to save the life of his friend. The friend escaped uninjured. But his battle buddy has been hospitalized in horrible pain and multiple surgeries, and more debilitating pain, for months. He has not complained once! And you know what? He said he would do it all over again. But in the process of his life saving gift, the guy whose life he saved is being transferred to Hawaii and is giving M. his dog and this dog in now in training to become M's TADSAW service dog.
Why am I telling you this? It is by giving to others that you receive. You give because it is the right thing to do. You give because for you it is the only thing to do. And then you find that you give because it makes your dreams come true.