To Dream The Possible Dream

A pastor was sharing that he worked in the business world before becoming a church leader. His favorite part was the annual planning meeting. The older people would come to the meeting rolling their eyes talking about here was another waste of many hours only to compile a notebook that would sit on the shelf alongside its predecessors, unopened.

But the pastor, being a young guy, was enthralled with the possibilities of a new future that they discussed in the meeting.

Typical, right? We have a corporate mission statement or a personal mission statement. It’s written somewhere to remind us. But in the chaos of the moment each day, we work on the short term problem and forget about the long term direction.

That is a subset of the Don Quixote de La Mancha problem–To Dream the Impossible Dream.

In our personal life as well as corporate we need to remind ourselves daily of where we are going. Why we are doing what we’re doing. Ask, will this activity move me toward my vision or just suck up valuable time and energy?

We were created to do. Not only to do but to pursue activities that we were created for.

Meditation and prayer are excellent activities.

However, like the Zen master said, “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

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