The Story

June 16, 2011by

The Story

What is truer than truth?

The Story.

Visions are realized
more often as disappointments
than fulfillments
even when they turn
out, as we hope,
to be true.

Dreams are the stuff
of what we are
made of,
or have not made
yet.

I told her
the first time we ever spoke
on the phone
they are ghosts these things we seek to meet
in the dimly lit forest of the
future,
they wait
like the leaves for the fall
to divide the truth
from its author.

Something changed then.
I cannot tell even now
how it came about, but
the visions began to fade and
the dreams went back to their
children,
and we
were brought together like
paper and pen.

Inspired by Jonathan Fields‘ #Trust30 prompt, Alternative Paths:

When good is near you, when you have life in yourself, it is not by any known or accustomed way; you shall not discern the foot-prints of any other; you shall not see the face of man; you shall not hear any name; the way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world buzzes about goals and visions. Focus. Create a vivid picture of exactly where you want to go. Dream big, then don’t let anything or anyone stop you. The problem, as Daniel Gilbert wrote in Stumbling Upon Happiness, is that we’re horrible at forecasting how we’ll really feel 10 or 20 years from now – once we’ve gotten what we dreamed of. Often, we get there only to say, “That’s not what I thought it would be,” and ask, “What now?” Ambition is good. Blind ambition is not. It blocks out not only distraction, but the many opportunities that might take you off course but that may also lead you in a new direction. Consistent daily action is only a virtue when bundled with a willingness to remain open to the unknown. In this exercise, look at your current quest and ask, “What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing?” They’re always there, but you’ve got to choose to see them.

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