Dreaming Is Part Of Life
Dreaming is part of life. If it’s not part of your life, it should be. Do you remember dreaming as a kid? As a child, what did you dream of doing when you grew up? Some kids dream of being actors or actresses when they grow up. Others dream of being an astronaut or great professional athlete. Kids dream with reckless abandon. Kids believe every dream they dream is possible.
Why do people stop dreaming when they become adults? What makes a person give up on their dream? Do you have a dream that hasn’t yet materialized? It’s never too late to pursue your dream. Never give up on the dreams that rest within you. The author George Elliot once said, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been” Those are profound words. Your story isn’t finished as long as you have breath in your lungs. Nobody holds the pen that writes the story of your life but you. Dream big, have faith, trust God, and know anything is possible.
Dreaming Is Exercising Faith
Continuing to dream is similar to faith. Jesus once told his disciples, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
Dreaming is exercising faith. You may not see the finish line yet, but don’t give up. Just because you don’t see it yet doesn’t mean you’re not close to your goal. You may be closer to a breakthrough than you realize. You’ll never score a touchdown if you stop running short of the goal line. It’s impossible to hit a home run if you stop swinging the bat.
When we stop dreaming we settle. Ceasing to dream is setting for mediocrity. People don’t get out of bed and say to themselves, “I hope I have a mediocre day.” Mediocrity in life is the penalty that is self-imposed when a person stops dreaming. It’s never too late to chase down your dream. What are you waiting for?
Examples of Famous Dreamers
There are many people throughout history whose dreams materialized late in life. Consider the following success stories.
The famous painter Grandma Moses, never painted a painting until she was in her seventies. By the time she died at age 101, she had painted over 1,500 paintings! Ray Kroc, the businessman that developed McDonald’s started late in life. He didn’t purchase the restaurant franchise outright until the age of 58. Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, was 44 years old when he established the retail giant we know today. Julia Child worked in advertising and media before writing her first cookbook when she was 50. That launched her career as a celebrity chef. The famous stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield was 46, when he earned fame by stepping in as a last-minute replacement on The Ed Sullivan Show. Everyone has heard of Colonel Sanders. Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken didn’t become a professional chef until the age of 40. He didn’t franchise the famous restaurant chain until 1952 at the age of 62. At the time, he had a small savings and a $105 monthly social security income.
These are just a few examples of ordinary people who kept dreaming. They pursued their dreams, and the rest is history. Walt Disney said, “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Some Great Inspiring Quotes on Dreaming
Here are a few great quotes about dreaming:
“When you cease to dream you cease to live.”– Malcolm Forbes
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“When you have a dream you’ve got to grab it and never let go.”– Carol Burnett
“Dream big dreams! Imagine that you have no limitations and then decide what’s right before you decide what’s possible.” – Brian Tracy
“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What have you dreamed about accomplishing that you haven’t seen materialize yet? Are you on the verge of abandoning your dream? Don’t give up on your dream. It’s never too late to be what you might have been. Keep dreaming, keep pursuing, and become the best version of yourself you can be.
I will leave you with one last quote about dreaming.
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” — William Faulkner
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