“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” -Pope John XXIII
A few days ago my wife and I traveled back in time 28 years to 1984 and watched one of my favorite childhood movies, “The Never Ending Story.” First of all, I can’t believe it’s been almost 30 years! Second, I can’t believe how many truths that movie contained about the human condition!
Since I’ve been on a personal development quest and improving my mental and physical well-being, I’ve been reading a lot of stuff that pertains to desire, faith, and never giving up on your dreams. Also, including a plan of action to achieve those dreams.
Below is an example of a “Dream Board” (or Vision Board). The idea is to put up a picture or words of ALL the things you desire and want to come into your life.
Having the visuals of your dreams in a place where you see it multiple times a day keeps it at the forefront of your mind and keeps you constantly thinking about it. This will seep down into your subconscious and miracles will begin to happen.
Back to the movie, it focuses around a small boy who’s mother passed away. At the beginning of the movie his father tells him to get his head out of the clouds and start facing the real world…or something like that. Basically, quit dreaming and using your imagination.
In an effort to not make a full synopsis of the movie, he begins reading a book called “The Never Ending Story” which centered around a place called Fantasia. Fantasia is being destroyed by the “Nothing” and a young warrior goes on a quest to find what must be done to save this world from the Nothing. Here is the conversation this warrior had with G’Mork, the wolf assigned to kill this warrior for the Nothing:
G’mork: Foolish boy. Don’t you know anything about Fantasia? It’s the world of human fantasy. Every part, every creature of it, is a piece of the dreams and hopes of mankind. Therefore, it has no boundaries.
Atreyu: But why is Fantasia dying, then?
G’mork: Because people have begun to lose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the Nothing grows stronger.
Atreyu: What is the Nothing?
G’mork: It’s the emptiness that’s left. It’s like a despair, destroying this world. And I have been trying to help it.
Atreyu: But why?
G’mork: Because people who have no hopes are easy to control; and whoever has the control… has the power!
That last quote by G’mork is worth repeating: “…people who have no hopes are easy to control; and whoever has the control… has the power!” This couldn’t be so true in so many ways and on so many levels.
When we lose our hopes and dreams we fall into the trap of being complacent and just going with the flow. It’s what keeps us stagnant and “damned” in the literal sense…blocked, unable to move forward.
Another great quote from the movie comes from Falcor, the good luck dragon:
“Never give up and good luck will find you.”
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And in the words of Paul Hutchings, “Never give up on your dreams. Make it a great day!”
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