Recently, it had been reported that a parent of a college football player accidentally shattered the championship trophythat his son’s team had won. Immediately, the team put in an order to replace the decimated symbol of that teams fulfilled dream (to the tune of $30,000.) While it took a full season of hard work in the form of discipline, exercise, practice and plays keenly executed, it took but a mere moment to crush the prize awarded and afforded by a group of people who dared dream that they could achieve their dream.
It occurred to me that for many of us, we cannot so easily repair, replace or recover our dreams when they are shattered. So many things tend to work against us along the road to completion and fulfillment. How can we pick up the pieces when a dream has been crushed beyond any conceivable ability to comprehend it?
- Inspection: Careful inspection of the pieces of a broken dream is the first step toward determining where things went wrong. It took Alexander Graham Bell hundreds of times of getting things wrong to get to the one thing that made communication through the invention of the telephone. He had to carefully inspect each aspect of his dream, to find where things went wrong along the way, in order to be innovative and inventive.
- Collection: Gathering together the fractured pieces of a dream isn’t easy. You have to find those things that inspired you to begin your dream. Where was it that you found joy? What was it that made you glad to wake up in the morning? What could you do that was better than anyone you know? Bringing these things together once more help to get you moving again.
- Correction: Making adjustments are a part of anyone who considers themselves to be the owner of the dream. If you can imagine you our dream as a ship, them there must be occasional course corrections to get you back to heading in the right direction. Often you’ll find that in the process of making a correction, it will lead to improvement.
Dreams are meant to give us hope, something to strive for. Without a dream, life can become quite shattered also. We all have a need to fulfill something and to have our lives matter. Have the willingness to dream and then make it a reality.
QUESTION: How have you dealt with the aftermath of a shattered dream?