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A Million Dreams

A Million Dreams

It seems that during the holidays we find time to do things that we might not usually do. One of those things for me was going to a movie theater to watch a movie. Even more unusual for me was that I was going to watch a musical. We went to see “The Greatest Showman”. In this movie Hugh Jackman plays Phineas Taylor Barnum. We loved the movie for a number of reasons but it left me thinking over and over about the power of the dream.


“’Cause every night I lie in bed

The brightest colors fill my head

A million dreams are keeping me awake

I think of what the world could be

A vision of the one I see

A million dreams is all its gonna take

A million dreams for the world we’re gonna make”


Whether this is being sung by a young, poor, destitute PT Barnum, his adult version or with his young girlfriend or future wife the idea that no matter who we are, no matter how young or how old, we have the opportunity to dream.


But maybe it is like going to a movie theater to see a musical. Perhaps it is a rare occurrence when we take the time to dream. Perhaps we are too busy. Perhaps there are way too many “real” things to deal with to take time for the unreal. Perhaps we have had dreams in the past and they didn’t work out and we don’t want to delude ourselves again. Perhaps we have had dreams in the past that did come true and we don’t want to try some new ones that might not. Perhaps we are brilliant dreamers and we don’t even know it. Perhaps we have been dreaming in the form of fear and worry and some of those dreams have come true. Perhaps we have had dreams and when they come true we diminish the power of having the dream in the first place.


I have a dream! It’s not a big dream, it is just a little dream. My dream, and I hope you don’t think this is crazy, is that every person who reads this article would take a little time to dream. What do you think would happen if everyone took some time out of their busy schedules and the reality of the way things are, to dream about the way they want things to be? What would happen if everyone who took this challenge passed this article on to people who deserve to take some time to dream?


If you are ready to dream, let’s go!

Here are some questions that can be answered by the chorus above and some thoughts of mine.

How often should I dream? Every night! It could be during the day as well. It could be once a week or once a month, but it is a good habit to practice.


What should I put in my head? The brightest colors. Powerful, inspiring, exciting dreams.

How many dreams should I have? A million dreams are keeping me awake. Ok, a million might be exhausting, but many, or as many as you would like. You are planting seeds. A farmer doesn’t plant one seed and hope to have a great harvest. Plant many seeds!


What should I dream about? Dream of the world you would like to create. Dream of the big things and the little things that will make that world a reality - some would say a new reality.


What should I do after I dream the dreams? Gonna take, gonna make. Have faith. They didn’t say may possibly, perhaps, if all goes well, take or make. They said “gonna”. When the belief is there, the thoughts, feelings and actions that it takes to make it happen can be engaged. There are some people who dream dreams with the conviction that their dreams will never come true. Then in some bizarre way seem to be proud that they were right when they don’t come true. You have a powerful mind! Use it to your benefit not your detriment.


You’re just a dreamer!

Some people have stopped dreaming because some significant person in their life discouraged them from dreaming. Some people are afraid of your dreams. Some people want to keep you safe from dreaming so you don’t get hurt. Maybe some are suggesting that all you do is dream. If all you do is dream you would be like a farmer who only plants seeds, but does nothing to nurture and harvest the crops.


You as a farmer!

Let’s assume your mind is fertile soil for dreams to be planted. When you have planted your seeds, whether you know it or not you have created energy. You have created energy in you. You have taken the effort to plant seeds, now you are motivated to make sure they grow. You will learn ways to bring those seeds to life and care for what they grow into. You will believe in, protect and nurture your crop and be grateful for the harvest you receive. But it isn’t just your energy that brought your dream to fruition. The energy of the soil, the sun, the water, the fertilizer, and the cool night air were all working along with you to make your dreams come true.


It starts with a dream!

It starts with a dream! If you don’t dream it you may become committed to someone else’s dream. That can work well too if you have connected to a really great dreamer. Please take the time to consider what is important to you. Have the courage to dream. Dream without limits! Be ok with some dreams not coming true. Many people we work with can’t believe that their dreams have come true.

Please take time to dream. Come up with one to one million dreams!


If you don’t have time to dream, go to the theater to see “The Greatest Showman”.

Kevin Let’s stay connected! Kevin MacDonald and  Shelley MacDougall are the coaches for CMAA 1-866-822-3481! 

Posted by Will Flourance at 01/09/2018 09:20:12 AM |