Sometimes, the human race sees abominable atrocities orchestrated against each other. Sometimes the human soul is stretched to the very limit…tried and tested…deprived of anything basic…robbed of freedom. Stories abound in the past across the world of such scenarios. The Titanic Stories are mind boggling…especially when told by the survivors. Recently, we posted a story about the survivors of the war in Northern Uganda….a child narrated how her only hope in her state of abduction was a song taught in Sunday school.
The best illustration on the power of a dream is the man called Victor Frankl. Unbelievable stories abound about the Jewish Holocaust, but Frankl’s account is sensational and nearly out of this world….Robbed of his freedom and dumped in a concentration camp…and let to live a life of ‘waiting for your time to die’…amidst insurmountable atrocities, Victor survived by the power of a dream. He says this: “…everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Paradoxically very many people have robbed themselves of this power to choose, this power to dream…by accepting their conditions…by not having that ‘holy discontentment’ that says “there has gotta be more to life than this!” Dreaming is the power that all and sundry have today…whether experiencing those difficult circumstances of situations…or whether coasting about in living a purpose-less life…to stretch their imaginations for a better life to come. There is a beauty that comes when we dream. Someone said that the future belongs to those who believe in the power of their dreams.
The gist of this post is not necessarily about dreaming in adverse conditions….but about dreaming itself. There is tremendous power, excitement and hope in dreaming. Dreaming has strongly been linked to Faith. Scores of souls all over the world have overcome all odds to see their dreams realized.Think about this, If people like Victor Frankl have used the power of a dream…to build hope and faith…and to go through a tough situation, how about dreaming in the ‘normal’ peaceful circumstances? Probably, this is where the irony lies. When there is no pain…no suffering…when all is well…we stop dreaming! We become content, we allow things that we eventually accept.
A life Signature can formed when in those moments of peace…in those normal circumstances, that a soul chooses to start designing his or her life, and dream big. Deciding what they will no longer stand for, what they will no longer accept not only in their life, but also in their world around them. Such dreamers almost always form a nemesis that will strengthen their resolve to take action and realize a dream. A sign of people living a life on purpose is that they dream big dreams, they realize THEIR VALUE…and refuse to stoop low and coast through life by default, not making any positive impact in their world!
It is OK to dream. It costs nothing but your mind to dream. There is nothing to lose when you dream, but limitless possibilities abound. It is OK to dream.
A research conducted in those concentration camps shows that although none of the prisoners knew when and whether they would get out, those who gave up on their future succumbed to death few days later. Marcia Weider says that the state called apoptosis that says that when your brain believes you’ve outgrown your usefulness, when people or companies stop having vision, the brain sends a message to the body that it’s no longer needed…and people and companies start to self-destruct.
Many people could be coasting through life in their comfort zones, dreamless, purpose-less, mission-less…not knowing that apoptosis has been activated silently in thier lives….When we dream, we engage our minds, and our brains…the human brain once stretched will never go back to its original state!
So do you have a dream or are you silently wasting away?