Today’s MANday is a bit different, but in light of the “Occupy” movements, I thought it was right on time.
Occupy Soul is a series of demonstrations taking place in human spirits around the world. The participants are fed up with reality and protesting worry, dream killing, and doubt. The central demand of the protest is to end the influence clarity has on our goals. These demonstrations are now happening in 600 communities across the U.S. and likely to rise up in your town at any time.
We’re a society obsessed with reality. Reality shows with real housewives keeping it really real. Practicality is praised and imagination is ignored. The creative are called crazy while the seemingly sane are said to be successful. I say let them call you crazy – successful people think differently.
Reality ruins dreams and clarity can be overrated. Without the existence of the unknown, there’s no room for creativity, reflection, or imagination. Where there exists too much clarity, there’s not enough innovation, newness, or aspiration. Too much clarity makes less room for God. Matthew 6:25-27 says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
If you knew your future, you’d likely ruin it. Life is designed to depend on a higher power. Whether homeless and hungry or well off and wealthy, the human being isn’t capable of foretelling the future. You can pay psychics to provide you entertainment or search the stars to tell you what you already know. But at the end of the day, all we can do is imagine, plan, hope and believe. Faith.
The greatest goals are never realistic. Dreams come with fear, discouragement, and doubt. But every successful person I know pushed through these moments. They didn’t allow clarity to cloud their vision. They didn’t rely on reality to get by. Every successful person I know foolishly believed they could accomplish their crazy dreams … and they have. And so have I.
When your dream killers doubt you, be foolish enough to keep dreaming and be childish enough to believe in the unseen. Protest until they too believe the dream is real. Keep the movement spreading. Keep the dreams alive. Occupy soul. Pleasantries.
– Enitan Bereola, II
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