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What are you dreaming of these days? What vision do you have for your life? What’s stopping you from living that vision?

Education?

Upbringing?

Background?

Opportunity?

Looks?

Given the chance, would you take it? Are you secure enough in your own vision to face down scorn and snickers? Can you patiently wait out the jeers and the mocking grins and then proceed to wow the very ones who KNEW you couldn’t do it?

As I write these words, I think of Rudyard Kipling’s famous words: If

My grandmother had me to memorize this poem when I was a young girl and I think about it often.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling


With the most recent internet phenomenon, Susan Boyle, knocking everyone’s socks off, I have been thinking a lot about dreaming. So many things we want to achieve. So many ways we thought our lives would look. Who says it’s too late? Who says it’s not the right time or the right place or the right look or the right package? I think there’s an insidious demon that whispers in our ear until we absolutely give up hope–when we know that we CAN! Please take a moment to watch this video–even if you’ve already seen it. Redream your dream and figure out how to make it come true!

What are you dreaming??

Sorry, but you’ll have to  follow the link, I can’t post the video.  View video here…

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