To Dream The Impossible Dream

Laura Novakowski  -  Aug 03, 2012  -  , , , , , , ,  -  No Comments

Business, as life, can seem impossible at times. Big ideas appear unrealistic.  Opportunities only open to others. 

Are you spending more time in engaging in futile activities or attacking imaginary enemies – also known as tilting at windmills?

Let’s consider the classic story by  Miguel Cervantes, Don Quixote, the story of an middle aged man who assumes the role of errant knight, seeking out injustices and fighting giants (windmills).  May not sound like our typical day, however, are we a present Don Quixote?  Fighting futile battles, wasting time, passion and talent.  Or, can we see that what we are confronting and challenging is taking away from our dreams.  That  life and work have caused us to believe those dreams are now impractical?

Now may not be the time to read the  book and so I’d like to offer an alternative.  Below are the lyrics to a song from the movie/play  Man of La Mancha…

“The Impossible Dream”

from MAN OF LA MANCHA (1972)

music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star

I couldn’t say it any better (at least not right now).  Don’t just dream the impossible dream, reach for the unreachable star!!!

 

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