“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 dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.”
- T. E. Lawrence
“All men dream…” By itself this phrase has no significance. I once wrote “All men dream…” on my arm in sharpie so that I could remember this quote throughout the day; it was not long before a friend laughed at me for it. She pointed out how pointless a saying it was. And it is, it is a foolish and obvious statement without significance, that is, unless you know what follows. All men do have aspirations, hopes or dreams.
What little boy or girl dreams of becoming a custodian? Not to say there is any shame in that, but it’s not exactly the stuff that dreams are made of. No! Boys and girls want to be astronauts, doctors, athletes, and the occasional oddball that envisions himself/herself growing up and acquiring a successful career as a dinosaur. The point is that we all have or had dreams at some point. The question is what do we do to make those dreams a reality? Are we simply dreamers or are we dreamers of the day?
Recognize the difference. Dreamers, daydreamers, and dreamers of the day are not the same thing. At night dreamers simply have their minds wander, their subconscious leading them through a whole manner of scenarios. Daydreamers are not much better. They simply occupy their time with frivolous thoughts that generally lead to them being caught off guard by the next person to approach them. Now, there is a time and place for both of these dreams in our lives. Who doesn’t enjoy getting lost in their own mind and seeing what oddities they can think up? But the dreamers of the day are a different breed; they take action so that they may live out their dreams.
A dreamer of the day has a dream that is achievable whether through days, weeks, months of countless hours of work, or through simple steps. My dreams are to travel, to be healthy, and to become a generalist or a person who has learned or tried to do everything. I consider myself a dreamer of the day because since I made this a goal I have achieved great things with my dreams. I am a healthy individual who has travelled to 22 countries and I have acquired a few new random skills such as acting, accordion playing, hair braiding, etc. Sure, these things are random, but they have become a part of what defines me as a person and they are part of what makes me happy.
What are your dreams? Do you live them out on a day-to-day basis? Are you striving for something? I owe my achievements to my parents and to my God who have guided me towards and through the experiences that I’ve had in the past. So gain your own support, God is there, just pray that your dreams coincide with his plans for you.