What a simple and wonderful saying! The ability to use healthy imagination and fantasy is a great gift, and we need the inspiration and hope they provide. Dreaming dreams is important for all of us, and most of us need to spend more time dreaming about what is important to us.
But dreaming is just a start…we also need to follow those dreams. When you do that you will be in for a wonderful adventure. Placing a vision of something you care about in your mind can motivate you and keep you going when things are difficult, and perseverance in following your dreams can help make them a reality.
Recently I was at Disneyland in California and saw the actual bench that Walt Disney was sitting on when the had the idea for Disneyland. The bench is now located in the lobby of the “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” attraction, and here’s a picture of it and a sign commemorating the event. Walt dreamed and then acted.
Here’s a personal example of what I’m talking about. I wanted to be a psychologist for a long time before I became one. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in chemistry and psychology in 1972 I worked in another field for 10 years before deciding to take the plunge. Five years of graduate school was a bit daunting, but at the age of 32 I applied to three schools, got accepted in all three, picked one, and enrolled.
Graduate school in psychology wasn’t easy, and there were times when I thought the process of learning how to help others grow (and grow myself!) was too confusing to complete well. But my dream was to be a psychologist, and numbers of family, friends, professors, and supervisors along the way imparted wisdom and assistance that made my dream possible. I followed my dream…with lots of help. And I have not regretted the decision.
What dreams lurk inside you?
What dream do you need to start to follow?
It’s said that Walt Disney once failed to succeed in a job application because he was considered not to have enough imagination. Imagine that!
But he followed his dream. Shall we do the same?