‘Dream great dreams’-A A +A
Friday, March 7, 2014
FROM the same book by Chip Ingram, "Good to Great in God’s Eyes," let me write about dreaming great dreams.
For the past two weeks since I wrote “Pray Great Prayers”, I have not finished one additional chapter, the 6th, on taking “Great Risks”. As I wrote earlier, I am a slow reader, and have also neither found nor made time to do so. How I wish “retirement” days would come and I would just be undisturbed reading great books. Imagine, I was on the phone, texting and calling for almost 2 hours straight, yesterday afternoon, when I had planned to do some swimming. I still got to, though. If there is a will, often times, a way is made!
Most of us are familiar with Martin Luther King’s dream of a society without racism, and of his movement that changed the American culture for the better. His greatest speech is known by this one phrase: “I have a dream.”
A dream can be a mighty big influence. Nurture a dream and one can get closer to fulfilling it. Nurturing it requires working on it - putting our head, heart, and hands to it.
Years ago, I delivered a speech entitled “Dream, Believe, and Act” to some graduating students. I really hope they have kept their dreams alive, believed they could, with God’s help, and have acted on them.
A speech is less meaningful if there is no call to action, and it is fruitful when action is taken towards a goal or dream. Never mind, if it is still a work in process. What matters is, the dream is being kept alive!
There is nothing more powerful than a dream burning inside. Be enthusiastic about anything you do. And let that enthusiasm burn into passion that fires up your soul, and makes your dream a reality.
Paul dreamt of preaching about Christ before philosophers and kings, and the Church spread throughout Asia and Europe. Hudson Taylor dreamt of reaching the Chinese with the gospel, and the underground Chinese Church is still alive today in a communist China. “Great works almost always begin with great dreams”, writes Chip Ingram.
My Dearest Friends,
Let me share you a dream.
Many years ago, I dreamt of being a better speaker, a better communicator, using the English language. But English was a third “language”, after Chinese and Ilocano (actually, a dialect); Tagalog was my 4th. I speak English with an “accent,” my diction has been poor, and I speak with a “sing song”.
More than 25 years ago, I remember attending a Toastmaster’s meeting, that was being held at the Vallejo Hotel, curious to find out more about how I could improve my communication skills. I must have been discouraged after hearing several speakers talk so fluently and effectively, that I did not go back. I believe, the late Manny Salenga, a great communicator, with a booming and clear voice, was one of them that day.
When Jennifer, my daughter, joined the group of great speakers in the persons of Hermie Garrobo (2009 and 2012 Philippine National “International Speech” Champion), Jay Yogawin, and Bubut Leano, of the Pines City Toastmaster’s Club sometime in 2005, I saw the positive changes it had on her.
I realized that my dream was still alive! It never died. It was merely dormant for many years. While I was speaking to various groups, I was not really working on polishing my skills.
So, I decided to join Toastmasters. Soon after, I convinced my wife, Angie, to join, too. Today, she speaks better than I do, and with great confidence.
I have learned that practicing for the club, area, division and national competitions, hones up one’s skills, aside from teaching one to face one’s fears and overcome “pressure”.
I remember being constipated and having “LBM” simultaneously, for two days before, and during the 2008 National Toastmasters competition in Taal Vista Lodge. That was obviously a result of “pressure” and fear of the unexpected. I have the fear of forgetting my lines, as I have always had tremendous difficulty memorizing my lines. Alzheimer’s also seems to be just around the corner.
In keeping the dream alive, I went “crazy” recently, and have again joined the “pressure-packed” 2014 competitions.
May all the contestants bring out their best, and may we all share the messages we have with others, locally, and hopefully, even to people around the world.
As with other dreams, let us keep our dreams burning and alive!
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 08, 2014.