Over the years I’ve come to realize how delicate life can be. One minute you can be here, everything seems to be going well with you – you have a great paying job, your marriage and your love life is intact, you have the support of family and friends, and the next minute, everything is gone. All that you would have accumulated in life is left behind, passed on to either family, friends or to charity.
The question I ask then as I look around today is, how then can someone who have a dream, and have it for many years, waste time and rather than pursuing their own dream, they glory in someone else’s? They celebrate others while all this time they are wasting time sitting on ideas worth millions of dollars.
It was Steve Jobs who once said, “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
For me, action requires believing. Believing first in God who gave the dream to you and then believing in yourself. And even if you have nothing else to stand on, know for certain that you can stand on the word of God. His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light to our pathway. It requires complete trust in Him and total surrender to God. He alone has the blueprint and the plan for our lives.
Now as I look into the eyes of this little child, I see a couple of things. First I see gentleness, I see an irresistible beauty in her eyes that are as beautiful as a dove. I see hope beyond her years and above her imagination. I see that she has a sense of self, self-worth and dignity. I understand my identity is what she displays in her posture and that blushing smile. Girls like her around the world have dreams! They dream of one day becoming doctors, lawyers, nurses, and so much more. They picture themselves going to one of the ivy league colleges, graduate and then make it to the top in the corporate world. They see themselves becoming entrepreneurs owning their own business. They emulate others and they want to become the next movie star having a leading role.
I can go on and on with this, but the point is, what or who can stop such a child? She is delicate and she is vulnerable at that young age. Is she the one that will make it in life? Is it her who is next on the list of becoming another statistics? What can crush this budding beautiful rose while at the same time crush her hopes and dreams? Is this the one whose picture will be flashed across the television screen that she has gone missing or has become the victim of child molestation and rape? How would society look at her once this has happened? One may never know but deep within she still have that dream.
These young ones my dear EMoments readers are the ones we are to be on guard to look over, to protect them as best we could, to nurture them, love them unconditionally, to help preserve the dream and to keep the legacy going. We stand in condemnation ourselves if we are dogmatic towards them, criticizing them upon every occasion, telling them how much they just like their ‘modda’ and that they will amount to nothing. If it’s a boy they hear, you just like you ‘fadda.’ Some girls may end up having teen pregnancies and rather than loving and supporting them, the parent/s wants to beat the unborn child out of their womb, that is, killing the dream – killing the leader of the next generation, destroying the politician, the preacher and the prophet. All this time their self esteem is being destroyed. They become insecure and loose hope. They end up living the lies that others have spoken about them or over their lives.
My story may not be much different from yours. When you look into my eyes, you are looking at someone who’s been a victim of child molestation, been suicidal when I just could not take it any more, suffered from depression, anxiety attacks and low self esteem for years. Been through some of the harshest forms of domestic and physical abuse, had one of the most painful divorce after my marriage was struck with infidelity, was on the verge of loosing my mind/sanity, harshly criticized on numerous occasions and so much more………but I never gave up on my dreams and by the grace of God, I have overcome my past.
I hope I did not loose you along the way in this post but if you are reading this article today, you are not reading it by accident, luck or chance. Divine providence led you here. I want to encourage you to pursue your dream! Rise above your past, move beyond it! Listen closely to your heart and not to the voices that speak negatively about you. Other people’s opinion about you really do not matter, it is what God says about you. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed! Action requires believing. Don’t just say you have a dream, do something about it. The only way that a man/woman can realize the fulfillment of their dream is to wake up from the sleep.