All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. – Lawrence of Arabia (Thomas Edward Lawrence)(1888-1935) British Soldier, Arabist, and Writer
My own experience in life validates the truth of both Albert and the Arabian. My dreams of night quickly fade away. Unless they are especially weird they are almost immediately as hard to remember as what we may have watched or read 3 days ago (or even last night). But day dreams combined with creative action have tremendous potential and endless possibilities.
Do I wish for a better relationship with my children, or a more positive workplace, or a better education….or do I dream of one? All are equally empty of promise unless I take ACTION and do something and begin to make it real and work to create it.
My neighbor, Marcos Ortega, recently said to me, “I am the Vice President of good ideas. Now if I could just figure out how to get paid for them.”
I can so relate to that…. I have never been paid for an idea or dream that I didn’t make real…or at least begin to make real. We must be day dreamers and dream builders if we are to become the “dangerous men” that make positive change possible.