There is a powerful force inside that drives dreamers to dream dreams. The desire to change the world for good can supersede all logical thought processes. When dreamers are also doers - the combination of the forces of dreaming along with the casting aside of logical thought can lead them to forge ahead, neglectful of their own physical, mental and emotional well-being. Living for dreams causes suspension of time and space - and a determination to show a world that doesn't always understand, or sometimes even care, that the dream is worth pursuing, and the change it will bring about must happen.
So dreamers who both dream and do - paint visions and take action to bring them to life, ignoring the costs to themselves sometimes for days or weeks or months or even years. So consumed are they by the dream and the vision of how the world could be better they don't often take time to stop and rest. They move forward and hope and pray and do whatever it takes to make their dreams happen.
And dreamers make the world different. They make it a better place. Their determination to fulfill their dreams leads them to a plane of life where they feel untouchable, unshakable, and full of hope that sustains for a long time.
But, there come times when sudden reality crashes through the blind pursuit of what the dreamer knows is her right and true destiny. The collision comes in the form of an attack on health - mental, physical, or emotional. Or it comes in the form of nasty negativity and hatefulness that pierce the vision and hurt the dreamer. Sometimes, it's the sudden realization of how far the dreamer has come, and the nearness of another huge step toward the culmination of everything the dreamer has relentlessly pursued. Doubt can set in and attack, and dreamers find themselves crashing hard.
And they notice how tired they are. How broken their bodies are. How there are still so many people who don't seem to understand. How not everyone sees the world the way it could be. Criticisms and complaints seem ten times worse than they really are when reality tries to shatter the dreams and the dreamer. For a time, quitting seems like a viable option, indeed, an escape into a regular life with a regular, predictable routine, away from destructive forces and the physical, mental and emotional pain that living out dreams can bring.
And wise dreamers pull back. They stop for a time. They rest. They refuel. They block out the dream crushers and are drawn to visionaries and encouragers. They heal. They restore. They begin to dream again, and the dreams overtake the reality because for dreamers life is not really lived by staying safely in line with the status quo. It's lived by getting back up when they are knocked down. It's lived when the naysayers are nothing but hot air blowing in the wind. It's lived when the yearning to continue pursuit of the dream is so powerful reality begins to fade - and hours pass quickly as, together, they paint visions of what could be and how to get there.
Courage is restored. Hope is renewed. And the vision moves forward, always growing, changing, and responding - and never, ever, crushed.