A struggling friend recently asked: “Do dreams really come true?”
I responded with: We’ve been programmed to believe that once people reach their dreams the next line in the story is “happily ever after.” Truth is, though that life goes on. Dreams fade and are forgotten. Was it a dream come true on your wedding day? Graduation day? Fill in the blank. My guess is yes. But instead of the platitude one liner: happily ever after. There was a new chapter. Thank God for new chapters and new dreams.
A different friend in a different context once lamented: “The American dream is dead.”
What is it about dreams that so captivate us? Why do we so often spend so much time and energy chasing dreams?
Could it be that the world as we experience it with our 5 or 6 senses (sense of time) is not all that there is? Could it be that in addition to the physical world there truly is a spiritual world? And that we sense with our bodies but we dream with our souls?
Colossians 2:8 (NIV) reminds us to: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”
That world between worlds — between sensing and dreaming — between body and soul — I strove to capture that elusive world in my poem,
Waiting, waiting patiently
For sleep to carry me away
To a fanciful place
Fears, fiends and foes
In and out
Of that fancy land
But not quite yet
To carry me away
© 2013, Dr. Phil Bryant
Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.