Joseph was a dreamer in the land of his father, “Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers…Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.” (Genesis 37) People often do not like dreamers. They see remote at times – dreamy – disconnected from the rough and tumble work of the day. I want to suggest to you that today is a day to dream – imagine the you that you can be. Pause and listen to the voice that says be the authentic you – dream the impossible dream – be a Don Quixote of your world. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Henry David Thoreau said, “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”
We think our reality dictates our dreams. But I would suggest to you that often your reality is shaped powerfully by your dreams. We sometimes fear to live out our dreams but if we dare to dream them and let our dreams take flight who knows where they might take us. I once thought the time of dreaming was over as I became a responsible adult. I was wrong. It is all the more important to dream and to pass your dreams on to others. Mondays have been dreaded as long as workers have worked. Alarm clocks are a vice of the post industrial age – set an opportunity clock and wake to the dawn of dreams. Let the dreams of the night give way to dreams that take flight in the light of day.