“Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.” – William Longgood
Hopes and dreams, do we live them, can we live them? When results are not forthcoming, then what? Time passes that can never be reclaimed. Forever forge forward with discipline and refrain from looking back with forlorn longing or doubt. Life evolves, as we evolve. A place of comfort is not where adventure is made.
The long, convoluted journey that is life, leads inexorably to that final point. We are given but limited time, ours is to weave the grandest story possible in the time allotted to us while we strut the boards. Greatness is not a destination, but the unending journey of many steps. Each one of those steps must be of purpose and conviction, dedication, impeccable.
There is a pearl of wisdom, which I have written out and affixed to my wall.
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
These are the little steps in the unending journey of greatness.
When I write greatness, I do not mean narcissism, nor public acclaim or applause, I mean living the dream. It takes dedication.
This all sounds lofty and austere, the realms of the Gods, where only the Ubermensch, the heroes do great deeds. Not so. The narrative includes being human, having weak moments and failures. But the knack is, to find that discipline to stand up again, gingerly brush clean our bloodied knees and start over again, or rather continue.
The master has failed more than the student has ever tried.
With the deaths of great artists this past year, such as Bowie and Prince, I started pondering, what made them consummate performers they were. Not everything they produced was a hit. Rather, it was their consistent persistence, their driving passion, their dedication, to produce their art, live their dream that made them great.
Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.
untitled, Leo Plaw, 24 x 34cm, pencil on paper