It’s funny. This quote I mean. I could tell a total stranger my dreams, but I can’t share them with my family. Mostly because my family would still consider them dreams ~ fancifully or not worth doing. While a stranger has no preconceptions about me, so I can dream and they’d say “wow! Good for you!”.
Bruce Wilkinson has a video series out called The Dream Giver: Following Your God-Given Destiny ” and in the Dream Giver, he talks about how God gives you a dream, and once you start vocalizing it that it becomes more real. It’s the commitment to it by, pardon the cliche “putting your money where your mouth is”.
So do we not like to share, because it would mean a commitment… Or be a failure? Are we scared that our dreams are impossible or too crazy? I think part of is distinguishing between a dream and a plan… I know so many of us intermix the two of them in conversation, but I think we really mean 2 different things.
- A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.
- A daydream; a reverie.
- A state of abstraction; a trance.
- A wild fancy or hope.
- A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration: a dream of owning their own business.
- One that is exceptionally gratifying, excellent, or beautiful: Our new car runs like a dream.
- A scheme, program, or method worked out beforehand for the accomplishment of an objective: a plan of attack.
- A proposed or tentative project or course of action: had no plans for the evening.
A systematic arrangement of elements or important parts; a configuration or outline: a seating plan; the plan of a story.
- A drawing or diagram made to scale showing the structure or arrangement of something.
In perspective rendering, one of several imaginary planes perpendicular to the line of vision between the viewer and the object being depicted.
- A program or policy stipulating a service or benefit: a pension plan.
definitions taken from the American Heritage Dictionary
To me as I go through the definitions above a dream is something, not necessarily unrealistic, but something that is in your mind. A plan on the other hand is something with action. You can turn your dreams into a plan, but than it becomes reality instead of dream.