and I have dreamed your Greatness.
This is a line out of the picture book, “Merlin and the Dragons,” by Jane Yolen.
It struck me because I am continually striving for and dreaming of greatness and always seem to fall short.
I’m having a really hard time editing my latest book. I think it’s my best work yet but somehow finding the time is daunting. I’m determined to finish it and am creating a time line to do so.
Still, I’m not encouraged. I’ve been plagued by this moving dilemma (albeit we are months away). My mind won’t focus. I’m trying not to worry and put it all on God’s shoulders but am failing at that as well. I’m struggling to exercise. Accomplishing anything seems…overwhelming.
I’m worn down. I’m disheartened. I need to be filled up again but can’t seem to manage to do so. I’m ambivalent. I’m stuck in limbo.
I’d appreciate any prayers sent my way.
I’m still kicking around the blog post by Nathan Bransford dealing with dreams and expectations. Most people agreed with it. Some were like me.
It angered me. I do get offended when people say “temper your dreams”. Ever. People had better not say this to one of my kids or they will have to deal with Mama Bear. This isn’t what Jesus said or did. The point of life is to be more like Jesus. He said go forth and prosper. Find your God-given purpose. God wants us to succeed and not settle in life. Life is way too short to settle.
I want my dreams so bad it hurts sometimes. I cry over it. I anguish over it. I pour every ouch of blood, sweat, and tears into my works and I do expect it to touch millions. I expect that. This is why I will succeed.
Ask any successful millionaire out there how high his expectations were and I’m sure you’d get out of this universe. Steve Jobs? Bill Gates? Donald Trump?
Sure, I’m sure they didn’t know the path their dreams would take but that doesn’t matter. All that matters is the end result.
I was just on Nathan Bransford’s post and strongly disagreed with his premise that dreams can turn into unrealistic expectations, which can get out of control and you’ll never be satisfied in life.
My take is this: Dreams are the cornerstones of this country. It’s what America is founded on and what makes America great (think post-it notes and other inventions). For me, dreams are what keeps me going and, yes, dreams are what get me through the tough times. When you’re losing everything, when you’ve just left the bankruptcy attorney’s office, the dream of one day being a best-selling writer is really all you’ve got. It’s the one thing that always remains constant in this inconstant world. And yes I do have great expectations (thank you, Dickens). If I didn’t expect to get published, why would I keep writing? If I didn’t expect to make millions, why would I put in countless hours editing? Or querying for that matter?
Dreams and expectations are one in the same. Otherwise, you might as well crawl in a hole somewhere and give up on life.
So, keep dreaming and let it guide you. Follow your God given purpose until you are called. And never give up. Dream big. How else are you going to win big? Don’t temper your expectations. Expect a lot and you will be given a lot.
Jesus said it best in Matthew 7:7-8 :
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
I also pray–A LOT. I believe I will succeed because God is using me to spread powerful messages to young adults. If you read further in this passage in Matthew “…how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)
Keep striving, keep fighting, keep expecting, keep living, keep seeking, keep asking, keep praying. One day, it will come.
Tennyson: To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
So, Mr. Bransford, don’t tell me not to dream, don’t tell me not to expect, and don’t warn me about what will happen if I do. I may lose everything else in life and everything else may get taken away–but not this. Not my mind. Not my soul. And not what comes from those.
Life is too transitory otherwise without dreams and expectations. It’s what has gotten people through their days for centuries. It’s what God has given us (free will and inward desire to make life better). It’s the one thing I hold when everything else is slipping away–my faith, my God, and my dreams.
I love kids’ books for the simple reason a lot have positive messages for children–and it turns out, the adults who read them to their children.
I just read “All the Way to Lhasa” by Barbara Helen Berger. The simple moral is about how we all have our highest hope and our own journey. May we all keep going like the boy and the yak who journeys steadily to Lhasa. May all of us reach our shining goal.
I love this. It’s a simple story (my 1st grader read it to me) yet one that I need to hear, especially as I’m being bogged down in moving and family drama. It re-focuses my attention on my goal (being published) and the plodding that goes along with it.
It’s time to get back to my passion. I once read in order to succeed at your dream you must devote 2 hours to it everyday. I try to do that but right now I’m just not motivated to much in fact. I’m finding it hard to eat, to cook, and to focus on my writing. It’s hard to find the motivation when you can’t see the end game–and at this point I doubt if I ever will get published.
How do you get motivated when your work seems fruitless?