What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore -
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over -
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
- Langston Hughes, 1951
Has your dream been deferred? What have you given up on?
What project did you begin a while ago with excitement & hope and then you quietly placed it in a box and hid in the attic or garage? Whether it was writing a book, starting a business, losing weight, returning to school, starting a ministry or anything else that was on your heart to do. Then rejection came, or you didn't see results as quickly as expected. Or, maybe someone you thought was your friend said something to discourage you and you just gave up. During these times you have to dig deeper and even encourage yourself if no one is around to support you. I'm blessed to have a very supportive husband, daughter & friends.
Although along the way I did have to distance myself from a couple of "friends". You will have to do this from time to time when pursuing your dream. How do you know when to distance yourself? Well, if during repeated conversations with these "friends" it always turns negative, when you mention what you're working on, or pursuing. They'll tell you it can't be done, they've already tried and they didn't succeed so you shouldn't try, how many people have failed trying to do it (funny--they never mention how many have succeeded) or, they'll just quickly change the subject because they don't want to hear it LOL!
Well, I am self-appointing myself as your personal cheerleader!!! I encourage you today to pull "it" back out of the box, dust it off and begin again.
You can do it!! I believe in you!! The world is waiting on you!! So, go ahead and plan your work & then work your plan!!
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.