Thursday, August 18, 2011

You might say she's a dreamer

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."
                                                                                                      - T. E. Lawrence

Who wants to be called a dreamer, these days?  They can have a bad name.  We are coached to be "realistic" and "pragmatic." 

The problem is that we can be lead to believe that someone who is a dreamer is chasing mental will o' the wisps - that they drift mentally from one goal to another, not having the mental fortitude to make their dreams a reality.

A dreamer is a special kind of person. They have the ability to disagree built into their mental and spiritual fabric - a key survival trait as a spiritual being.

A dreamer who can also confront the physical universe work required to turn their dreams into reality is a person to be cherished.

You may not guess it by looking at her, but Winnie is such a person as I just described.  As both a Humanitarian and as a staff member, day in and day out she does the hammer-and-pound work required to not only maintain our current building, but she is the expert regarding our new building as well.  Equally adept at choosing roses for the garden and bossing around contractors, she has proven her willingness to take every action necessary to make her dream - an ideal church in St. Louis -  a reality.

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