Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dream Big/Work Hard

"A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish." -W. H. Auden

I know a lot of people who dream. They dream of winning the lottery and being rich. They dream of getting rich quick and join Prime America, Mary Kay, or another multi-level marketing program. They dream of getting thin and healthy. They dream of writing a book. They dream of a lot of different things.

Unfortunately, a lot of them only dream but don't take action to achieve their dreams.

A friend of mine tells me, "I can write a book." She also says, "I could write a book if I had enough time. But I'm too busy right now."

Her version of being too busy? Going home after work and watching recorded soap operas.

I used to watch recorded soap operas years ago. Then I realized I could use that time to write or walk in the park or go to the gym.

It's not that I don't like soap operas. I really really enjoyed watching them. I was hooked. But then I decided I wanted to accomplish things in my life, not just watch other people accomplish things so I stopped watching so much TV and started using my time more wisely.

Of course there are times in our lives we don't have the luxury to work on our dreams. This week for instance, I've been working 13 hour shifts everyday since Wednesday to help Haiti. A co-worker of mine who is also a romance writer, is probably in Haiti right now reporting on it for her day job.

The majority of us can carve some time out of our normal weeks to pursue our dreams. It may not always be as easy as turning off the TV or multi-tasking. It may mean working full-time and going to night school, or working full-time and writing at night and weekends.

I also know a lot of people who pursue their dreams. They get up early or stay up late to write. They take college classes after work. They work extra-hard. They often sacrifice.

But those who stay the course achieve their dreams and know the sense of accomplishment that comes with it. And that in itself is great success and satisfaction.

Dream big. Work hard. Enjoy the fruits of your dreams mixed with your efforts.

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Unknown said...

Such simple advice, but I wonder why more people don't take it to heart? I watch very little TV these days so I can have time to read and write. I also take advantage of being a morning person to get up early before everyone else so that I can exercise and then spend a little time writing. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a person says, "I don't have time." There are few people who genuinely don't have the time to do what they want.

Unknown said...

Ah, the sweet satisfaction of accomplishing your dreams. I wake up a few hours earlier to see my dreams come true. I don't believe in not having time. If you truly want something you will find a way to make it happen.
Great post, Ashley!

Sandra Cox said...

Its all about priorities isn't it?

The Bumbles said...

A-MEN! Having attempted to transform myself from a lazy sloth to an active dreamer I fully appreciate your post. Things don't generally fall in your lap. There is no easy way out. It takes hard work, planning, organization and support. As Nike used to say - Just Do It. My mantra.

Molly Daniels said...

Ditto! If you don't make your dreams a priority, you'll meet your Maker saying, 'But I'm not done! I never got around to (fill in the blank)!'

I don't intend to say that, except for maybe, 'I didn't tell anyone how the next book is supposed to end!' (Grin)

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