One of the benefits of long runs and long showers is a lot of time to think. I like to mentally go through my responsibilities, my interests, and ideas, and just like anyone else I like to think about the future and how I’d like mine to be.
And many times the artist-dreamer in me clashes with the strategic-pragmatist. One wants to break all the rules, and the other is laying down a guiding framework. One wants to color outside the the lines, and the other is looking for order. One is looking to experiment, to risk again and again, and the other is looking to learn from history’s lessons. One guy has his head, full of fantastic imaginations, in the clouds, and the other wants both his feet on firm ground.
The end result is a stretch.
I’m sure many of you feel the same. Where does reality start? Where do my dreams come in? When is an impossibility worth pursuing? How do I bring to pass in a real world the hopes in my soul? When is something a hope? And when is something a fantasy?
Both hope and fantasy are expectations of a greater future.
But there’s a huge difference between the two
The requirement of fantasy is desire, and its process is imagination.
The requirement of hope is character, and its process is suffering and perseverance.
The end result of chasing fantasies is poverty (Proverbs 28:19).
While hope never fails, it never disappoints (Romans 5:5).
So embrace the process of suffering, perseverance, and character building, but as you do don’t forget to sustain yourself with the promise, that the end result will never disappoint, because dreams they do come true.