The picture really has nothing to do with the post. Luna moths are beautiful, so why not have a picture of one?
I’ve recently been thinking about dreams and goals. Having realistic goals and dreams is essential to a successful life because they give you something to work towards. My dreams/goals are the reason I get up in the morning. There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment you get when you achieve even the smallest piece of a goal- because you’re one step closer to your dream.
(I define a “dream” as the vision of what you would like to achieve. A “goal” is the end point in a series of steps that will allow you to meet your dream, even though the image of the dream may not exactly match the goal.)
But is it ever OK to give up on a dream? Maybe years and years have passed and you begin to realize that your dream may no longer be realistic. Maybe life circumstances change and your goals simply cannot be met. Like setting goals, giving up on goals should also require a lot of thought. Instead of giving up completely, maybe there’s a way to change the path by which you arrive at your goal. Like if you want to write a novel and all of a sudden you’re in a car accident and lose the use of both your hands. You may not be able to physically type or write, but there is voice recognition software out there that will allow you to literally tell your story. The goal has not changed; it’s just that the way to get there has changed.
I read somewhere (and as always, I can never recall where) that sometimes it’s OK to give up. Sometimes it’s healthy to give up – otherwise you’ll just be beating your head against the wall trying to achieve something that’s impossible. Intuition should be your guide when you’re facing these types of dilemmas. Intuition ought to let you know what’s going right and what can’t possibly work anymore.
I believe that every person was blessed with different talents and skills that will enable them to reach a goal or dream. If one dream doesn’t work out or is no longer realistic, then there a multitude of other paths we can take. It requires a bit of creativity and flexibility, but even if we have to totally give up one dream, we can begin to work towards another. There is never a time in life when we are utterly devoid of something to work towards – we just have to find something.
Maybe that was a bit too much for Monday morning, but it had been floating in my head for a while. 🙂