WHAT ARE YOU DREAMING ABOUT?
The agricultural school dean was interviewing a freshman. “Why have
you chosen this career?” he asked.
“I dream of making a million dollars in farming, like my father,”
replied the freshman.
The dean was impressed. “Your father made a million dollars in
“No,” the student said. “But he always dreamed of it.”
All right. That was corny. But at least this student has a dream,
even if it is only a dream about money.
I prefer the story of a man who was discussing with his wife a trip
he wanted to take to Alaska. He told her he’d always dreamed of such
an adventure. He wanted to travel deep into the wilderness. He
wanted to rough it. He talked about how exciting it would be to stay
in a log cabin without electricity, to hunt caribou and drive a dog
team instead of a car.
“If we decided to live there permanently, away from civilization,
what would you miss the most?” he asked his partner.
She replied, “You.”
His dream; not hers. A better dream might include her.
This is a time of year we often examine our dreams and goals. I’ve
found a couple of questions helpful when I consider which dreams to
chase and which to leave alone.
First, does my dream have deep meaning? Or put another way, is it
significant and important enough to commit my time and energy
toward? What will it ultimately mean if I accomplish this thing I
think I want? Probably the pursuit of prosperity alone will not
bring the kind of meaning you desire at a deeper level.
The second question is similar. Does my dream spring from the best
that is within me? Does it come from a place of love or altruism?
Will my life and the lives of those I love be better for it? My best
dreams include those I love.
What are you dreaming about?
— Steve GoodierShare on Facebook