Recently we took multiple trips through the western Oregon countryside. Along the highway are acres and acres of hazelnut groves. This week I had the opportunity to take a closer look at these groves. I started to notice random missing trees. In a grove of seemingly countless trees stood the occasional stump. With no shade from branches, the stump let in beautiful, but wasted light – It only illuminated a dry, useless stump.
I thought about that patch of light. I thought about it in relation to our dreams. Each of us are given the same amount of sun. Each of us have potential. Mind you, no two trees in the grove were identical, but all of them had the elements needed for success. I’d like to touch back on the idea of making a dream. One of the great parts of being human is our ability to imagine, to factor in possibility, to dream. It separates us from all other species. Our ability to reason and imagine. So this week I want you to dream. Some are still searching for the passion that would create opportunities to dream. Some might feel they are not imaginative enough to dream.
The challenge: take every spare moment to imagine. Take time to dream. Then write it down. Creative thought is not a casual act. It needs focus and intentionality. This is hard work.
You might think this is all a little juvenile, or whimsical. You’re reading a leadership post, not some Facebook page about, “how to find purpose”. Trust me on this one. Trust that dreams are drive. The passion for our dreams is a drive that leads us to the greatest heights of our lives, regardless of age.
“It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world” – Marianne Williamson.
Write down that dream. Don’t be subject to the fear and doubt of others on your behalf. The greatest tragedy is seeing wasted potential. Your fulfillment of dreams others had for you does not count. If you are where you are because of the opinions of others, where you are is not sustainable. You are guilty of not following your dreams. So find your dreams. Realize they have no expiration date. Don’t be the stump in a forest who chose not to grow and stretch into their potential. You have 10 by 12 potential, you can choose to not have a two by four soul.