The Class of ‘57

I love to dream.  It has been easy for me to get caught up in my imaginings and make of them more than I should.  And it is possible to hold onto a dream too long.  Kipling said we should dream without making them our masters.  Good point.  There is a time to hold on and a time to let go.  Something like that is in the Bible.

We all think we have more potential to change the world than is reasonable.  This is mostly true though certain individuals have made singular marks on history.  Even in those rare cases, however, the doers were not islands.  Change is achieved incrementally over time, and true visionaries are in the vast minority.  This does not mean there are not thinkers who make valuable contributions in various ways only that seminal advances are like lightning strikes.  At the same time, it is true that valiant deeds are often unpraised if not completely unknown.

Having said most of us make small contributions on life’s continuum, the weight of one life’s input can be substantial.  Not many of us will have a fortune at any one time, but, in your lifetime, a fortune will pass through your hands.  The same analogy holds true of your achievements.  While, viewed from some perspectives, it’s easy to discount worth, from other vantages, you’ve had a wonderful life.  You are probably more important than you deem.

It is beyond me to understand successes and failures in this life.  There are no guarantees in anything.  The best people you know will fall to personal weaknesses and the treacheries of others.  Contrariwise, dastardly deeds may go unrequited or be honored more than the righteous.  We want to teach that effort and quality matter but see instances in which these avail nothing.  In the end, we must realize we live in a cursed world, and nothing ultimately escapes the eye of the God who will balance all accounts one day.

Maybe, we thought the world would change to fit our needs.  Few of us reckoned with the adaptations of living or the irrevocability of certain choices at least in meaningful senses, if by that one means ways that really mattered.  The world, however, does not adapt to the individual, and heartbreaking consequences do not pause the unforgiving minute.  The iron gate of reality distinguishes true options for the stargazer.  We all want to change the world, but I’d love to see the plan.

Our great works and deeds may seem to have little effect in the grand scheme.  This is not due to flagging zeal or lack of effort.  Again, it’s hard to understand why things work out the ways they do.  It’s just that things get complicated.  There is much more involved in living, successes and failures than good ideas and intentions.  This fact is better known by the spent than those revving their engines.

Though often disappointed, dreamers are indispensable.  To be fair, one cannot spend a lifetime in fantasy without functionality, but true dreamers are not idle visionaries.  They are action-oriented though their efforts break their hearts and the hearts of those who love them.  Dreamers will burn their candles at both ends, not for the sake of exhaustion but of illumination.  Often, they will not see the accomplishments of their foresight. 

It can be hard to differentiate personal desires from God-given directives.  Nothing is wrong with either as each may be found in the way of righteousness, and there may be some overlap.  To be a blessing is the poetry of living, and those who would make their lives more satisfying to home and heaven will find their places in the will of God.  The old and young will find dreams and visions in the pursuit of heavens’ plan.



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