It is interesting to think back and remember what I imagined that I would do in the future. Some childhood memories are blurry. It is as if the dreams belong to someone I know this individual well, but yet is a stranger. In more recent times, my dreams have moved from the distant future towards the present. Someone recently asked me where I wanted to be in fifteen years. I had no idea how to answer the question. My dreams are about today and the days and weeks to come.
As I reflect on the state of my dreams and imagination, I find myself coming back to s series of foundational elements.
There is a thread in my dreams of yesterday and today that is consistent. Experience reminds me that it is good to identify and reflect on this thread, knowing it comes from deep within my heart. In my case, it is a longing to be embraced by Divinity. Every dream has a variation where I “always dreamed of a room in your [Divinity’s] house, where I could sing for joy to God-alive!” (Psalm 84.2) Whatever the thread is, knowing it exists and understanding where it fits in one’s life is a reference point.
There are threads that are aspirational. In many dreams, I see myself as being someone very different than I was, doing things I currently could not do. While the details have changed over time, it is interesting to see how the desires of my heart have changed and the trends that the change represents.
In the present, it is important to continue to dream. You and I can make a difference. We can help others in our communities. We can make a difference at work and in the casual moments of the day. We can also be more than what we are. The question is one of dreamy aspiration! Having one shapes the moment at hand and the priorities in how I use my abilities, resources, and time.
Imagination is freedom’s partner. With both, doors open to living deeply and fully.