Merriam Webster defines the word dream as a visionary creation of the imagination. Kayne West wrote a beautiful ode, I Wonder, about dreams. Why are these visionary creations so important? What do they mean?
The best selling book of all time and the best selling book every year, (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006), is the King James Version of the Bible. The Book of Proverbs, chapter 29 verse 18 warns, without vision, the people perish. Dreams are necessary for survival. It was a dream that eventually actualized the 44th President of the United States. It was a vision that led to this publication being viewed by thousands. But how do these dreams, these visionary images that feel so real, that often keep one from sleeping develop?
Dreams develop when one exercises the mind. Physical activity has been known to be a great method to produce creative thought. The increased blow flow throughout the body does wonder. Prayer and meditation are also great tools to open the mind and tap into an endless pool of energy. Inspiration can strike while bustling at your nine to five. The vehicle or instrument one uses to exercise the mind is not as important. The end result is what is most important. The dream, a new vision and purpose to work toward is what we all need and should want. Visionary creation of the imagination is one of the elements missing in our future, the younger generation. But why would they waste their time imagining when they can watch television shows and music videos? If the idiot box fails to satisfy their need for mental stimulation, there are video games to play cops and robbers, where they can virtually kill, rob, rape, and destroy. The days of young boys having a battle royal wrestling match in the back yard are long gone. Some how, some way, the youth need a revival of visionary creation of the imagination.
Dreams are definitely necessary for survival. But it is not enough to just dream. Outkast and Goodie Mob pleaded for everyone to “Get Up, Get Out”. Once you get your dream you have to take action.Do whatever it takes to make it happen. Don’t talk about it, be about it. The elders would say, Don’t talk the talk, walk the walk. Get a dream, make a plan, and go get it.
Living with dreams, especially ambitious dreams like being, President, a movie star, or the next Jay Z may be overwhelming at times, but living without dreams maybe detrimental to your health. Grind harder than yesterday!
By: Byron Griffin