To Dream…the Impossible Dream… what does that mean to you? What seems out of reach in your life?
In the play for which this song was written, The Man of La Mancha, Don Quixote explains his quest and the reasons behind it. He saw windmills and believed they were dragons which he fought believing that he was doing a noble deed…how many windmills I have fought can’t be counted…
To fight…the unbeatable foe... Sometimes I feel like I am fighting against the wind, and it feels as if nothing is being accomplished then suddenly things begin to fall in place and I know that because I am striving to do the right and noble thing in all I do that even though people might deem me crazy, as they did Quixote, I will be proud of myself. You cannot ask for more than that can you?
To bear…with unbearable sorrow…When a mother gives birth it is with agonizing birth pains. You are told to push and from personal experience it feels as if the pain is tearing your insides apart, but the result is the tiny baby to whom you give your heart and can hold in your arms.
Giving up a relationship that you know isn’t right, walking away from friends that you know are leading you down a garden path that leads straight into hell and causes you a world of trouble isn’t as easy as it should be… to walk away without looking back is painful but the peace you feel in your heart, mind and soul is well worth the pain as the baby is to the mom.
To run…where the brave dare not go…I remember my “Pop” saying that my dad, “the Champ”, would go places on his motorcycle that he wouldn’t even dare to go! Sometimes it is with fear and trepidation that we go into a situation knowing what needs to be done but being fearful to be the one that speaks up!
To right…the unrightable wrong…When I read that line, I think of someone who is trying to clean up a mess they have caused by opening their big mouth when they should have kept it shut! I did something that I almost regretted very much. I was trying to bring a group of people together by sending one message to them all asking for peace and goodwill, not thinking that anyone would actually respond, just read and think. One of them wrote and made some statements that could have incensed some of the group to wrath! I wanted to break my own fingers for thinking I had done a good thing! It’s better to think long and hard before you open mouth and insert foot! It turned out alright, no thanks to me and my big mouth!
To love…pure and chaste from afar…This is a very hard one to put into practice. People say the heart wants what it wants, but I say when it wants something that is going to cause someone else pain then it is very wrong, just walk away. There is nothing wrong with you feeling love… it is putting it into action inappropriately that is wrong.
To try…when your arms are too weary…I think we can all identify with just being bone tired and sometimes I feel I have given everything inside of me to help a situation and then I am asked to do one more thing, so I am learning to say, “my arms are too weary to tote that load today”. You must know when you have gone the stretch to try as hard as you can and then give it up to God.
To reach…the unreachable star…That is the hope for everyone listening to the ramblings of this old girl. That star for me is named Hope, the hope that I can live in such a way as to make myself proud that I actually attained the Impossible Dream.
Be inspired to take that almost forgotten dream out of storage, dust it off and start all over again to dream the impossible dream!
If you’ve read this before, it’s because I post it once a year, just because I love it and hope you do too!