Dreams are interesting endeavors. They are experiments more than anything. But, can pursuing a dream be a mistake? As mentioned in a previous post, it is hard to remember your goal when you are in the middle of it all. To answer that rhetorical question: I’m not sure that pursuing a dream can be a mistake.
Think about it: a dream is an experiment; the goal is (at best) unknown and even perhaps undefined. Pursuing a dream, therefore, can never be a mistake. Pursuing that dream is always worth it, but it must be remembered that dreams may not be what you think they are.
Sometimes dreams will enlighten, and most of the time they will be frustrating. Sometimes dreams clarify even if they are never achieved in full. All of these possibilities are in a way necessities because having a dream itself is a necessity. Imagine what life would be without dreams.
You must give up things to pursue dreams, but those things are often vague and easily given up, at least in the beginning. In dreams, mistakes will be made, but it is never a mistake to pursue your dreams.
This time of year is sometimes difficult; it is time for warmth but it is still cold. The sun is shining, but the wind is blustery and bitter. Sitting inside by the fire the day looks beautiful but out in the forest nature soon reminds us that it is unforgiving. And so we sit wanting something that we know we cannot have. We do this and all the time know that it is a waste of that most precious commodity: time itself.
Days spent pining over the past or looking toward the future are days wasted. The thought is a bit Buddhistic, but goes beyond the confines of any religion because the act is human. Perhaps we are hardwired to desire what we do not have. This desire comes, often enough, in the form of “keeping up with the Jones”. It rears its ubiquitous head in many ways though. I would argue that the mess that is our government today is a consequence of wanting what you don’t need rather than needing what you want.
Think of it another way. We need food, we need shelter…that’s it. But we want so much more. These desires will always come at a cost, however. The more we want, the more we need to understand that nothing is free. If we want to be moral we must need to be moral. If we want truth, we must need truth. Of course, we need both, but so many times we do not want either.
Looking out the window and wanting the warmth of Spring will not bring Spring any closer. Knowing the right thing to do and not actually doing the right thing will not make us moral. These philosophical ponderings will do no good unless we act upon them. We must want to act and act in order to know what we need. This is, perhaps, the secret. By all means think, but if we want to know what we need we must also act.
In Denmark there is a term, “sort penge”, which translated directly means “black money”. Now black money is simply a transaction (in cash) that the two parties implicitly understand will not be taxed in any way. In Denmark this is a bit of a joke, especially to farmers up north.
Where I live there is a similar phenomenon but it goes by no name. However, it is still implicitly understood. What I’ve learned from this is that we are being told lies: it is not all about money. Money is a means to an end and the oldest form of money is barter. I’ve found that in the country no one has money, they say, but how much do we really need money and why?
First, money is necessary, but only in a society where there are people that are not self-sufficient. Perhaps the advent of cities necessitates money. Secondly, money is addictive; it makes our lives easy and easy is addictive. Third, as I have found out money is not always needed.
“You can ‘loan’ my sander. I might come up and use it every once in a while…”
“I’ve got a portable mill and can mill up those nice oak logs for you…”
“Maybe I can introduce you to…”
“Tim knows a guy who needs a door built…”
And so it goes. I am reminded that while we do need money in today’s modern society, it sometimes takes over the really important things, like the need for each other.