“Within us all there lies a broken dream, ‘our inconsolable secret,’ as C.S. Lewis calls it, that is so precious to us we protect it with a thousand defenses. “The secret which hurts so much,” Lewis says, “that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence.” We know that we are made for glory, but we’ve only known hints of its joy. In the midst of life we long for more. Something is missing; creation is aflame with a glory we cannot touch but we know it’s ours. We are moved by ancient music, but cannot find the great dance. So “we pine,” as Lewis says. But such pining is too much to bear. So we bury our longing, and protect our dream’s sleep.” – C. Baxter Kruger
By Dawn Onley
Go back and re-read that quote, slowly. Word for word.
Understand that it is describing quite eloquently and succinctly what we do when we bury our dreams and failures and anything else that is too painful to face. We pretend like it doesn’t exist and then we continue this dance called life until the music stops playing, all the while never fully grasping the enormous power we wield to write our own song.
There is nothing sadder than a person who has given up on their dreams.
Even before they verbalize it, if they ever do, you can feel it. You can sometimes see it in their eyes and hear it in the words left unspoken. It’s in the heavy way they carry themselves. It may even be in the vices that are picked up along the way.
Somewhere along the line, the day to day doldrums of life took over. Other stuff got in the way. Dreams were pushed to the backburner. Even worse, dreams were outright abandoned.
Read this quote, slowly. Word for word. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson.
Walking away from our dreams is too heavy of a burden to carry. It’s not worth it.
We must go after our dreams, those things that leave us breathless with excitement, while we still can. While we still have time. We must keep the fire lit. It’s not too late. We haven’t come too far. If not, we will never know what could have been. We will forever “pine.” A life of regret is not a life at all.
We can still play it safe, if need be, and go after our dreams. We don’t have to choose right now. We don’t have to jump in with both feet — although there is an unmistakable freedom with going all in. Still, one toe dipped in the water is a great start. It’s a good way to test the waters. It signals that you are getting ready.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
Go catch your dreams.