Dreamers, Dragons, and Jesus

A few days ago I was at the book store helping my daughters pick out a birthday gift for their mother.  I started flipping through a book from the MTV reality show “The Buried Life”, and saw this:

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of thier minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible" - T.E. Lawrence

I so love quotes like this. They seem to soar up above the banality of every day life.  They make me feel like I’ve climbed onto the back of a marvelous and wise flying dragon, and that it has taken me for a ride far up into the sky where the perspective on everything is truly different.

Looking down at the ground I normally inhabit, I see where all the roads lead. Some of them, I’ve never explored.  I’m shocked to learn that some of the roads I spend a lot of time on are actually dead ends. My dreams suddenly make more sense – I realize that they actually relate very closely to the bigger picture that I’m seeing above and below me.   But the ride soon ends and my feet meet the ground.

Ah, the search for truth. We all feel it. We want it. That’s what I’m doing here. I’m just trying to mete out the truth, and I’m narcissistic enough to think others may want to read along with me.  I realized something about my writing and speaking: When I get wordy, it’s because I’m afraid to tell you the truth.

Truth is usually very simple.

I want ___________.
I love ___________.
I hope to ___________.
__________ is making me sad.
__________ makes me angry.
I’m afraid of _____________.

What else is there to say in life? Everything  else is just filler material to insulate me or you from my reality.

I think Jesus was onto something when he said,

“But let your communication be, Yea, yea;  Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”

(Matthew 5: 37)

I’m trying to be a dreamer of the day. I’m trying to let those dreams exist in the simplest, most crystal clear terms possible. I’ve recently encountered a few sages who have challenged me to become more vulnerable and clear about my truths – and I’ve been shocked at how difficult it really is.   I am grateful for the dragons in my life that take me up for a much needed ride every now and then.

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