Types of Dreams

I was once having a conversation with a trusted friend. I was distraught because I wasn’t sure whether I should continue pursuing my current goal or change to another one. That was when he explained the four types of dreams.

“There are four types of dreams, my friend.

There are those you achieve,

There are those you let go,

There are those you delay,

And there are those that are never meant to be.

It is up to you to decide which one this is.”

Perhaps there are people who would argue over the last one, but it’s true. For example, the dream of waking up as a frog and hopping across lily pads would fit there.

Nevertheless, when making decisions, I still remember that conversation.

Another Bit of Foolishness

Man, it’s been a while since I posted anything.

I hope I don’t offend anyone, but I’m going to stray into religion. Today I wanted to share something from Church. Lent is coming, and soon we’ll be giving up our Hallelujahs. Anyway, this year we’re on Matthew, and today’s gospel was the part just after the Beatitudes (the meek, the peacemakers, etc.). It warns that even thinking a sin makes you a sinner. It also says that hell fire awaits those who call someone else a fool.

Well that seems a little harsh. I daily run into fools. Well, I observe them. I don’t run into them (although sometimes I’m tempted). I’ve done foolish things myself. Who hasn’t? Admit it. What does this particular verse really mean?

Well, I don’t claim authority, but I think it comes down to how we treat fools. A foolish person is someone we don’t respect. We don’t want to talk to them, and we don’t expect them to understand us. In other words, we’ve given up on them. In my opinion, that is what this passage means. No matter how silly, or destructive, or contrary your fellow humans may behave; you cannot give up on them. You have to keep treating them as individuals who can understand, and may some day change, if you keep engaged with their lives.

I’m not sure if that’s easier or harder than not calling them fools.

Silence is Golden

I was thinking about all the talking heads that badger us in our 24 hr news and Twitter world. Here are some nice quotes about silence I found on brainyquote.com.

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.”

Francis Bacon

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.”

Khalil Gibran

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

The last one is a nice reminder that one also needs to know when to speak out.