Defining A Dream

I’m willing to accept wisdom wherever I can find it, even if the source is an egg-shaped philosopher named Humpty Dumpty. Whenever I struggle to understand a word I’m reminded of this conversation from Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass:

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master — that’s all.”

As I write and speak about RICH’S RIDE I use the term “dream” a lot. It’s a tricky word because it means different things to different people. That’s the sort of confusion that leads to a muddled message and a lot of misunderstanding.

I think Humpty Dumpty’s correct. I can use the word “dream” to mean just what I choose it to mean. But I need to clarify exactly what that is.

So I’ve been wrestling with what I mean by “dream.” I’d appreciate your feedfack.

A dream is the God-inspired desire to share your unique gifts and passions to serve and make a difference in the world.

Think of a personal dream. Does this sentence describe your experience? What’s missing? What doesn’t belong?

What do you think of this definition of a “dream”?

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Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:

Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance. Visit his web site www.relentlessgrace.com

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