Many years ago a friend sent me a card with a wonderful poem which I still treasure to this day. It is posted on the office wall next to my computer and serves everyday to remind me to follow my dream:-
If while pursuing distant dreams
your bright hopes turn to grey
don’t wait for reassuring words
or hands to lead the way.
For seldom will you find a soul
with dreams the same as yours.
Nor often will another help you
pass through untried doors.
If inner forces urge you
to take a path unknown,
be ready to go all the way,
Yes, all the way alone.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t
draw lessons from the best;
just dont depend on lauding words
to spur you on your quest.
Find confidence within your heart
and let it be your guide.
Strive ever harder toward your
dreams and they won’t be denied.
– Bruce B Wilmer
This poem reminds me of Dr Martin Luther King’s famous speech – “I have a Dream”.
The words above outline the single minded journey he undertook to achieve his dream of equal rights for his people.
Similarly, Mr Nelson Mandela stood by his principles and purpose despite being imprisoned for 27 years and ultimately achieved his dream of freeing his country from apartheid.
So the lesson is to believe in your dream and follow it even if it means doing so on your own. Perhaps loftier the dream, more lone the path 🙂
Begin today to follow your own dream:-
What is YOUR dream?
What can you do with your life to change the world forever?
When will you begin?
This is to thank for posting my favourite poem which I had lost.
Some time in 1993 (most likely July), when I was confused about my research topic had bumped on to this poem in ‘sacred space’ (TOI). Since then it has inspired me on number of occasions. As had lost it ,would often go to book stores and search for it. Finally got it from your blog. Thank you so much.
Have a blissful day!
Rekha, welcome to my blog!
I am so glad you finally found your favourite poem – now just remember to follow your dream always:-)
I wish you an amazing 2013 – make it your best year ever!