A Diet for Dreamers: You Got to Be Ready, Jack!

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Wisdom and encouragement to feed your Dreams, Installment #7

“Time and tide wait for no one.” (St. Marher, 1225)

Imagine: It’s Saturday and a good friend will be arriving at 6 p.m. to pick you up for a concert. You’ve wanted to hear this band play for a long time, and now’s your big chance! While you’re waiting for the doorbell to ring, you lie on the sofa in your pajamas and watch a few hours of reality TV. Your friend knocks at the door. You answer it. He takes one look at you and shakes his head in disbelief, because YOU’RE NOT READY. He’s on a tight schedule, so he leaves without you. You just missed a golden opportunity. It’s gone. Kaput. Finito. Sayonara.

What were you thinking? Were you even thinking? You shrug, slump back on the couch and continue to watch the telly. Meanwhile, you’re kicking yourself for not being ready, an oversight that has cost you an opportunity to fulfill your dream of hearing that new band.

Kirk and Spock discover “The Trouble with Tribbles”: these cute little furballs multiply like crazy!

Every big dream or goal works pretty much like the scenario we just imagined. When an opportunity comes along to move a step closer to fulfilling your own dreams, you need to be ready. When David Gerrold was growing up he knew he wanted to be a science fiction writer. In his book, The Trouble with Tribbles, he explains in the first chapter, “Getting Ready for Opportunity’s Knock,”  how he got an opportunity to write script for a major television SF drama. It was Gerrold’s FIRST script ever and, once filmed and telecast, it proved to be one of the most popular episodes of the original Star Trek. Gerrold had made writing a successful script look easy, but he explains that it didn’t just happen:

“…I spent a lifetime training to be a Star Trek writer — even before I knew there was going to be a Star Trek… But even if it hadn’t been Star Trek, it would have been something (else). That was the direction I was moving in. And Star Trek was the opportunity….”

Gerrold also points out that “…I was ready for the opportunity when it did occur. The G*O*L*D*E*N  O*P*P*O*R*T*U*N*I*T*Y isn’t worth a damn thing unless you’re prepared to meet it. …Once you make a decision to do something or to be something, start preparing for it immediately.

Like Gerrold, we may not know when or where our big break might come, but while we’re waiting for it, we need to be learning, studying, training, practicing, and watching for it; taking the right steps, or at least trying to take steps, down the path to our goals. Don’t wait till someone’s ringing the doorbell to put your pants on. By then, it may be too late to get dressed. The delivery man has a schedule to keep, and he’ll probably leave long before you can get to the door. If this happens to you, let’s just hope he leaves your “dream delivery” on the front step.

“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close.” (Revelation 3:8 NLT)

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Diet for Dreamers: Time Lord or Time Hoard?

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Wisdom and encouragement to feed your Dreams, Installment #6

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’; Into the future! (from “Fly Like an Eagle” by Steve Miller)

tardis2We mentioned last week that time is our most valuable commodity. We’re granted a certain amount of it and when it’s gone it’s gone!  So we need to use it wisely. But time, like money, is also a precious resource that needs to be shared. If we’re pursuing a dream, working to achieve a goal, we tend to be stingy with our time. We tend to use our resources, including time, sparingly. It’s easy to get the mindset that we can’t afford to spend any of our precious time for anything or anyone but ourselves. Like a miser, we begin to hoard our time. But do we really want to get that obsessed with our dreams? Is that truly the ticket to success?

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”  (—Brian Taylor, Author and Speaker on Self Development)

But what does God think?  “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full — pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38 NLT)

This is called the Law of Reciprocity: what we share with others eventually comes back to us — some way, some how, in some desirable form. It’s one of life’s great mysteries, but it works. And it applies not just to money, but also to love, acceptance, forgiveness … and time. There are many scriptures that reiterate this law, and unknowingly, even non-believers have embraced it, associating it with the idea of good karma and the phrase “what goes around comes around.”eagle-alcoa

So, it actually pays to make time for others. Stop viewing people as interruptions to your plans. People aren’t problems, but people often have problems. Help a few of them, and you help yourself. So, share your life. Share your resources: your money, your talents, your time! That’s what you need to do if you really want to achieve your goals and, in the words of the Steve Miller Band song, “fly like an eagle”!

Ask yourself, are you going to be a Time Lord or Time Hoard? What’s a “Time Lord”? Doctor Who is a Time Lord. No, not  Dr. who? Doctor Who!; the eponymous hero of the BBC’s long-running pop culture SF hit. The good Doctor travels through the past, present and future in his Tardis, a sentient time-defying spaceship, the exterior of which appears as an ordinary British police callbox. Doctor Who surfs through time looking for trouble. Hang on, that didn’t exactly come out right. Doctor Who moves through time looking for problems he can fix and people he can help.

When you think about it, we’re all moving through time, albeit in one direction, the future. And, like Doctor Who traveling in his Tardis, we may look like ordinary individuals passing the time, but we all have the potential to make a difference in our world. So, who are you: a Time Lord or a Time Hoard?

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