Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Dream A Little Dream

Pink Martini is my favorite contemporary music group. And one of their latestest albums is "Dream A Little Dream" (Pink Martini & The Von Trapps). What a coincidence that now
I am thinking about dreams, my favorite group comes with an album titled like this! I need to spend a little time thinking about coincidences as they relate to the timing in which this events happen and try to see if there is something more than a mere statistical probability for these coincidences.

In our Quaker meeting our Pastor some time ago talked about Genesis 28:10-22 Jacob's Dream at Bethel. In verse 12 "He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it" (NIV.) In verses 18 &; 19: "Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel. Before in verse 17 the interpretation for the dream his dream was about the house of God and that this place in which Jacob was sleeping was the gate to heaven.

Jacob followed a dream to name a city, a place that became important in the lives of his people. Many other dreams have become realities that have transformed our society, from the idea of having a standardized oil to burn in our lamps (John D. Rockefeller's dream Standard Oil or any of the huge and now transnational corporations started as a dream of one individual. Or the dream of a few that created the idea of a nation that would be free and democratic, a nation that wouldn't have a name but an ideal. The ideal of a United States of America.

There have been events over the last months that have many people thinking about their dreams as an uncertain future is developed. Brexit in the UK and the elections in the USA have proven that the future is always unexpected. So how can we plan to accomplish our dreams. What kind of foundation can we build so we have a solid ground to base our dreams. What ideals should we have to help us navigate an uncertain future that becomes present every single moment that we live. When I started writing this post a while ago, I had no idea of the chaos a #DelusionalPresident would bring, now we still don't know even though we have seen incredible corruption in the new administration.

What are the limits of our dreams? What effect can one have on our surroundings as we follow our dreams?