"Not every one of our desires can be immediately gratified. We’ve got to learn to wait patiently for our dreams to come through, especially on the path we’ve chosen. But while we wait, we need to prepare symbolically a place for our hopes and dreams.”
-Sarah Ban Breathnach
There is something I desire more than anything else in the world. I’m not going to tell you what it is, but I will tell you it feels not just unlikely, but impossible. Waiting patiently for this dream to come true is not easy; I want this more than anything I’ve ever wanted before. I’m afraid that when the time has passed for being patient, I will find, at the end, my dream unfulfilled. And by then, I will desire it even more and the not-having will be even more painful that it would be now.
So I’m puzzling over this quote, wondering how to “prepare symbolically a place for (my) hopes and dreams.” My gut says this is important, that it’s a tangible way of having faith. Perhaps if I prepare a place for something I don’t have yet, and I allow what I do, say and how I behave to be influenced by the dream’s symbolic presence, I will be changed. Perhaps that change will make me more able to receive the reality of my hopes and dreams. Almost like a hope chest...storing up things for a life you don't have yet.
Perhaps it's like walking forward in the dark, unable to see anything, but believing that I will come to the place where there is light if I just keep walking.
What do you think about this quote?