This is a guest post by M. Tohami.
A reported once asked an old couple, “How did you manage to stay together for 65 years?”
The woman replied, “We were born in a time when if something was broken we would FIX it, not throw it away…”
It seems that nowadays we don’t have that ‘Fix’ mentality at all. That’s why we have problems in many aspects of our lives like relationships, work, health, etc.
In addition, our problems affect our dreams and aspirations. If we find something wrong or think that it’s going to be hard to turn our dreams into reality, we throw our dreams away, instead of fixing what we see wrong as much as we can.
We easily throw away and give up on anything that has a defect, while elders always tried to ‘fix’ it first.
In his latest blog post, Tyler Tervooren of Advanced Riskology shared a story of his friend who was talking about her dreams and suddenly her voice dropped a little. She soon realized that this was just a dream and she fell back to reality.
I believe that we all had a similar experience.
You dream about the great things you want to do in life to find yourself quickly falling back to reality and say, “But this is just a dream”
And then you throw it away. Usually, you don’t question reality or spend enough time trying to fix what you see wrong with it.
Here are 7 reasons why you should rise above reality and have faith in your dream:
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein
How many times do you see people who have done what you thought is impossible?
Everyday we see real life examples of people who achieve the impossible. This means that reality is just an illusion.
Everything is possible. I always say, “Where there is a heart, there is a way”
“There are no facts, only interpretations.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Reality is what you make it.
Is the color of the sky really blue?!
Are you familiar of the photo below? How do you see it? Is it a picture of an old woman or a young lady?
Reality is all about interpretations.
- Social agreement
“What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable.” – Louise Nevelson
Since you didn’t participate in making these social agreements that define reality, therefore you can make your own definition and take a stand as long as you’re not hurting anyone.
Have you heard of this advice before, “First break all the rules”?
It is the title of one of Marcus Buckingham’s bestselling books. The book appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for 93 weeks!
You don’t have to comply with others’ definitions of reality. You can live your life on your own terms.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality, it’s up to you to draw it.” – B. Quilliam
It’s up to you to draw it.
“Question reality, especially if it contradicts the evidence of your hopes and dreams.” – Robert Brault
Always question your reality. Ask yourself, “Is it really true? Can there be another way to interpret the situation? What would happen if I acted as if it is not true?”
Don’t take everything for granted. Reality is just an illusion. That’s why with a couple of questions you can turn reality upside down.
“Reality is too much to take in heapfuls, but sprinkle it sparingly upon life’s path and most can tread it lightly.” – Terri Guillemets
This quote triggered a very interesting question in my mind:
“Will reality remain like that all the time?”
Isn’t it possible that my interpretation to reality changes over time? Isn’t it possible that the things that define reality now change over time?
If you agree that what is real now will not be real in the future, then the most wise decision you should make is to take action despite of your fears of what reality holds for you.
Sprinkle reality over time and it will have minimal impact on your progress. Take action towards your dream and be prepared for the time when reality changes.
- The Absurd
“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.” – M.C. Escher
Could anyone imagine that Thomas Edison could develop a form of electric lighting that was practical for home use?
Edison failed 999 times before he could make it.
Despite of his cheer volume of attempts, he didn’t give up. He kept on doing his absurd experiments, until he achieved the impossible.
Be happy when people call you crazy, because that’s the label of difference makers.
“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
If you can imagine that it’s possible, then the world will follow your imagination. Edison saw it vividly in his mind and heart, and he imagined that it was possible. We are all grateful for his patience and perseverance.
Imagination is the most powerful tool to define reality in a way that serves your passion and aspirations. If you can imagine it, you can do it.
Don’t let reality stop you from living a life you can be proud of. Don’t let reality make your life’s story boring to death.
Follow your passion and make your life a story that’s worth telling today.
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