I love this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt and I wanted to share with you some of my musings on the topic: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Hmmmmmmm… that’s good, isn’t it!
It also brings to mind the passage in James Allen’s book, As a Man Thinketh… “The dreamers are the saviors of the world…”
When I was in my late teens, I got a job as a roofer. Every day, I would go to work, I would climb that ladder, and I would sweep gravel on the flat roofs of the buildings of Pittsburgh. I did this every single day. And sweeping was my sole task. From morning to night, I swept gravel. Not too inspiring, right?! My mind would wander and it’s a good thing those buildings had parapet walls, or I probably would have walked right off the edge.
I was making minimum wage and I was petrified of heights. But at the level of awareness at which I was operating, this was the very best option I could see for myself. The idea of dreaming of a brighter future was so foreign to me… those programmed beliefs that I was dumb and stupid, that my life wouldn’t amount to anything, that I couldn’t learn… all these things that I had come to believe about myself were holding me hostage on those rooftops.
But isn’t it interesting how our spirit is always for fuller expression and fuller expansion? Even there, sweeping gravel on the rooftops of Pittsburgh, something in my spirit was stirring… a little flutter of hope that perhaps… just maybe… I was made for more than THIS.
Have you ever been at that place in your life, where you feel utterly hopeless, like this is as good as it’s gonna get? Maybe you’re there right now. But here’s the good thing: just because that may be where you were in the past, or where you’re at right now, it doesn’t define YOU and it doesn’t definite your POTENTIAL.
I was a roofer making $4.10 per hour, the legal minimum they could pay me. I was living in a 2-bedroom house with 4 other guys… and not because we all really liked each other and wanted to spend time together. Literally, none of us could afford anything else. This was the very best we could figure out for our lives.
But inside each of us, and inside you, there’s a part of you, your spiritual essence, that is constantly seeking more. It’s seeking more on the physical plane, on the emotional plane, and on the spiritual plane. And it will never be satisfied. That’s why growth is a constant process.
I remember being up on the roof with one of the other guys I worked with, Tony. Think about this for a second… I was on the roof. He was on the roof. We were both making minimum wage. And THAT was the BEST either of us had figured out for our lives. Let’s just say “dreaming” wasn’t really in our vocabulary.
But yet, that spiritual part of me couldn’t hold back forever. And gradually I remember ideas coming to me… ideas for a business… ideas to get off this godforsaken roof… ideas to maybe make a few more bucks so I could just breathe when I went to pay my bills… little ideas that slowly, very slowly, started to grow into slightly bigger ideas, and then bigger yet.
But here’s the problem. There I was, working day after day, right next to Tony on the roof – Tony, who had the same level of awareness that had him stuck on the roof right beside me. And I would ask Tony, “Tony, what do you think of this idea… I think it might actually work…”
Here’s the problem with Tony… Tony DIDN’T THINK!
When you’re going to ask someone what they think of your precious idea, of your precious dream, first make sure THEY THINK!
Tony didn’t know what to think of my ideas. To him, they sounded like outrageous, impossible, hairbrained ideas that would never work. All Tony knew to do was to go to work up on the roof, one day after another after another.
People know me now as an assassin of limiting beliefs… Well, let me tell you, Tony was an assassin of dreams!!!
Remember what James Allen said: “The dreamers are the saviors of the world.”
The realists aren’t the saviors of the world. The pragmatists aren’t the saviors of the world. It’s the Dreamers! The ones who believe in the beauty of their dreams… that’s who the future belongs to.
Fortunately for me, I had JUST enough gumption, JUST enough wherewithal, JUST enough courage to NOT allow Tony to kill my dreams completely. And somehow, someway, my spirit moved me to a place of taking action towards the creation of my dream. That was just the start.
I had a long journey ahead of me, with many lessons to learn, and many hardships to overcome, but I would never be where I am today if I hadn’t allowed that little flutter in my spirit, like the wings of a sparrow taking flight, to rise within me, and to activate that part of me that KNEW I was made for more.
Your dream doesn’t have to be some grandiose, elaborate and impressive creation in your mind. Maybe it is. Or maybe it’s just that feeling of, “everything’s going to be okay.” THAT was one of my first dreams. The dream that I could rest my head at night without having to worry how I would pay my rent, how I would make my car payment, how I would come up with the money for all my bills… just being able to breathe. And maybe that’s your dream.
And here’s the beautiful thing. The spiritual essence of who you are is conspiring for your highest good, and as you nurture and foster your dream, as you water it and allow the sun to shine on it, it begins to attract to you all things necessary for the attainment of your dream. And then you must step into it, take action, and receive it.
“The world is beautiful because [the dreamers] have lived!” And that includes you!
I believe in you and I believe in your dream!!
Hold Your Image!!
We were born to BE, DO and HAVE more.