“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting…” ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

July 4, 2016 — Leave a comment

“The possibility of having a dream come true,” now that is something to chew on. How many of us appreciate the fact that we have the choice to make a dream come true? Better yet, how many of us take advantage of the freedom to carry out our passions and live the way we wish?

When you begin to think about the idea of making a dream come true for yourself or someone else, something happens. Suddenly when you focus on a goal or an end game, the universe seems to conspire with us to make things happen. It may take time, but nonetheless, if we keep at it we can be successful.

Imagine what our forefathers were dreaming of when they decided to not only abandon their consignment to the British Empire but prepared to defend their idea to the death. On July 2nd, after much bloodshed, the Second Continental Congress agreed upon and passed a resolution of independence which inevitably united the 13 colonies becoming the United States of America and ending their relationship. Two days later, the Declaration of Independence was signed by the Committee of Five; John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston.

John Adams had his own prediction or dream about the impact the date of the signing of the declaration of independence would have on our nation. He wrote to his wife Abigail,

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

Though he was off by two days, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th, 1826.

So while you’re enjoying the long weekend, watching bombs burst in air, and spending time with friends and family, be sure to take a moment and be appreciative of a dream that made your life a little more interesting. And while you’re at it, maybe begin to think about your dreams and how making them come true might make someone’s life a little more interesting.

By David Joseph Leingang

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