Saturday, January 16, 2010

Why Your Dreams Must Be Unattainable

What is there in simply dreaming about things that would never happen??!!!
You can dream, dream and dream...(like APJ says) is not a bed of roses.
When I showed my list of dreams, one of my dearest friends asked me the above question.

And I answered: Because,
Reaching the goal is not the goal. Striving to reach there is the goal 
- Swami Chinmayananda

To repeat Chinmayananda in my own words, dreams are not meant to be achieved they are just reminders to move on. When you are a student, score maximum, when you are writing entrance aim for the top, when you are a doctor, try to be a better doctor, and then try to start a hospital of your own. Then may be you can expand that as a chain to other parts of India, then the whole world. Or start blogging. Or travel to places. Or treat poor people in remote villages.

Just having a dream is not enough. The dream should be sky high.

If you have a small dream from your childhood, and you somehow achieve that dream, then you stop growing. You stop learning new things. You get stuck in life. Problems begin to pile up. Your job will have become so boring to you that you will concentrate on your problems more and innovative ideas less. And then life starts to become boring. And that is when life is really going to be a thorny bed.

But when you dream big, you try (at least try) to make things happen. And that would require that you grow. You will have to learn new things to make your dream happen. You may have to travel. You may have to meet people. But you grow.

If you really take life in its sense, then these are really roses.

Heard this story?
Two guys were walking through the jungle when they spotted a lion. One of them reached into his bag and pulled out a pair of running shoes. The other guy looked at him.
"Do you really think those shoes are going to make you run faster than that lion?"
"No, and I don't have to. I just have to run faster than you."
Though I don't suggest this policy, this is life these days.  You don't have to be the best, but you can be somewhere in front of the trailing lot, and you will be surviving. When you do nothing you just rot away. But when you try to reach somewhere, you end up at least a little higher.

So, dream high so that you move on. And remember that even though you may never reach your dreams, you will reach higher than most other people, and that would suffice almost always.

To sum up,
"When you stop dreaming, you stop growing."

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