Do you ever dream? I know for sure that I dream some nights. I also know, on the nights I do dream, I can only remember some a portion of the dreams. In protest against my night dreams I decided to give them up in favour of daydreaming.
Instead of dreaming at night and risking the chance of forgetting what I was even dreaming about. I would only dream when I was wide-awake and could remember every little detail of my dreams.
What I began to find was trying to remember everything thing you daydream about is really hard to do. My life kept getting in the way. Just as I was thinking about winning the lottery my cell phone would go off. When I was thinking about scoring a goal for Toronto FC the school bell would ring.
I found trying to stay focused on daydreaming was really difficult to make time for. I was too busy living! I was thinking about the groceries, reading, friends, sports, bills, taxes, and pretty much everything else in life. Needless to say I was disappointed. I thought I could cheat the dream system, but I couldn’t.
What I did realize is this list of daily topics I thought about might hold more weight in my life than the dreams I was trying to have. I realized I was thinking about these things because they are important to me. I genuinely care about how all those topics play out and I spend a good amount of time thinking about them.
I started to feel really bad because, when I stopped to think about it, I was placing more emphasis on my dreams than on my actual thoughts. On top of that – I was finding I wasn’t able to do all the things that I thought about the way I wanted to.
My head was spinning and just when I thought I was doomed to be a “traveling thinker” my whole life I came across something interesting. It was the answer I was looking for and I came across it in the one place where people might find themselves thinking the most – the john.
“Because he believes in miracles, miracles begin to happen. Because he is sure that his thoughts can change his life, his life begins to change. Because he is certain that he will find love, love appears.
Now and then, he is disappointed. Sometimes, he gets hurt.
But he knows that it is worth it. For every defeat, he has two victories in his favour.
All believers know this.”
- Paulo Coelho