“Quit your day dreaming!”

I was young when I first heard these words. Perhaps it was a schoolteacher, frustrated by my inability to hear the important things they were saying. I can’t quite recall.

But that early message from the important people, the grown-ups, the professionals, the powerful ones, was that day dreaming was nothing but wasteful fantasy. A breeze blowing through an empty cavern. Of no real substance. Yet even the wind, invisible and imperceptible to the touch carries great potency.

Consider this quote from T.E. Lawrence:

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” (Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1922)

Dreaming at night may simply be processing. Filing away. Bringing order to all that has been recorded by the various senses.

Dreaming in the day is where we escape the man-made barriers, free ourselves from the unwritten rules, the conditioning and cultural norms that instruct us what to do, where to go, how to be.

Day dreaming is where we begin to imagine new possibilities. Where we measure our lives against the visions of what we desire to become. Where we are able to think out strategies and steps towards that vision. And where we are able to see ourselves unrestricted in achievement.

It is all too easy to listen to those other voices. The negative, the nay-saying, or the imprint of the schoolteacher. But maybe, if you find yourself hearing those voices, it’s time to open your eyes and dream.

Be courageous. Be dangerous. Do the things you’ve seen and imagined. Start a business. Get married. Travel to exotic places. Design something that will change the world.

Maybe, it’s time to quit our sleeping!

Sweet dreams.