Don't Be Afraid to Daydream

Don't Be Afraid to Daydream

Ever get "Lost in the clouds" without stepping into an airplane? Or have you ever been "a thousand miles away" without moving your feet? Some call this being absent minded—thinking about a subject the outside observer could never guess.

Or has your teacher or a parent ever said, "A penny for your thoughts," and then you suddenly "came to" and jerked yourself out of a dreamworld of your own into the world just around you?

We've all had these experiences. Naturally, excessive daydreaming can lead to complete inaction. A boy can dream about being a star quarterback or a high-scoring basketball forward and allow his dreams to take the place of hard practice. Such a fellow winds up in the bleachers. Dreaming alone is not enough.

Or a girl can daydream that she's the most popular girl in school, with boys flocking around her, begging for dates. But such dreaming doesn't replace friendliness, good cheer, health, pep, ability to look one's best, interest in others—the qualities that make an attractive personality. A selfish girl may daydream until doomsday and still have no friends. Effort must be expended in friendship.

Still, without daydreams we have no ideals, no goals, no heights to climb. Charles Lindbergh dreamed of flying the Atlantic Ocean alone. The idea fascinated him. He determined to be the first to do so. But the dream was only the beginning.

If you read his books, you know how carefully he supported this dream with months of grueling preparation. Raising the money for a plane, charting a course, getting financial backers, waiting for just the right weather, knowing exactly how to get a plane heavily loaded with gasoline, off the ground. Finally, that take-off from New York and the landing in Paris some thirty­three hours later—the greatest airplane flight in history.

Another ocean-crossing over four centuries earlier—in reverse direction—from Europe to America took a dream followed by hard work. Christopher Columbus had almost the same experiences as Charles Lindbergh. First, a great idea. Then, begging for money. Then, making preparations. And all the while that great dream in the background, driving him on. We know the rest.

Woodrow Wilson dreamed of a great, world-wide federation of nations that would keep peace. He died before he saw any such organization, but not before he had literally given his life to promote the idea. Today we have the United Nations, not all that Wilson had dreamed of, but a big step toward it. Had he not dreamed and then worked, it is not likely the U.N. would exist today.

Dream your dreams while you're young. Don't be afraid to dream big ones. Make them tower over you. Make them worthy of giving your life to.

Jesus must have dreamed, as a boy, of a world without hate—a world filled with peace and love. He gave his life toward such a dream. We don't have a perfect world yet, but take away the life and death of Jesus Christ, and what a dismal world it would be.

Dream your dreams. And, then, back them up with hard work.

Dreams have a way of coming true—if you make them.

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