Many today believe the storybook fantasy that if you simply ‘follow your dreams’ all your wishes will come true. That notion is all too often spoon-fed to children from an early age, and will likely lead to disappointment.
The fact is, real success is within the grasp of anyone—but it requires effort.
Throughout life friends and folks have offered advice, and though they mean the best for us, it often wasn’t nice. They’d always say our plans were just more crazy schemes, and every time we listened, well … they just steal our dreams.
Probably the reason they said those things is they feared—that we would fail and that we really shouldn’t try.
Eagles learn to fly and take care of themselves before they reach adulthood.
THE majestic eagle makes a good parent. She takes an interest in her young, protects and feeds them. While her babies are little, she places the food right in their mouths. As her young ones mature, she teaches them to feed themselves.
But to survive they must learn to fly. So she makes her young ones exercise their wings by playing a jumping game. And when they are ready, the eagle “stirs up its nest.” It lures and nudges the reluctant fledglings to the edge of the nest. Some eaglets bravely attempt to fly. Less courageous ones are unceremoniously shoved into the air! The mother, however, is ready to swoop under them and even ‘carry them on her pinions’—only to drop them again until they learn to fly.
The Lesson! If you don’t spread your wings, you will never learn to fly! Do not allow people to steal your dreams.
“It is the stuff that dreams are made of.”
Here is something to think about. In recent years, scientists have been looking very closely at the spider. They are keen to understand how it manufactures spider silk, which is also a composite. True, a broad range of insects produce silk, yet spider silk is special. One of the strongest materials on earth, “it is the stuff that dreams are made of,” said one science writer. Spider silk is so outstanding that a list of its amazing properties would seem unbelievable. “On the human scale,” says Science News, “a web resembling a fishing net could catch a passenger plane.”
Image if no one had a dream about this, would we have Kevlar bulletproof vests all based on the science of spider silk?
It is like a dream come true!