Sunrise watching: taking in one of nature’s greatest marvels. Vast endless skies, clouds that stretches for miles on end and the Sun that rises to its place at the start of each coming day like phoenix from the ashes, I feel like I can do anything and everything. The sky’s the limit.
At the same time, I can’t help but feel so small and insignificant in this great big world. Where do I fit in this picture?
The Chinese idiom ‘脚踏实地’ literally means to have one’s feet firmly planted on the ground. It implies one should be practical, down-to-earth. One English definition puts it as to be realistic without flights of fancy. We are told time and time again by the people closest to us; family and close friends, “Straighten up! Be practical!” I get it that fantasy doesn’t [always] match up with reality, we need to be realistic. But what if by living a mediocre life, one’s soul is dried up? What if by living grounded, you shortchange the world of your gifts, the gifts the Good Lord has blessed you with? But life is too short not to pursue one’s dreams, too long to live with the regret of one’s past decisions [or lack of]. Sometimes, some situations call for extreme measures. If you need to run for your visions and dreams, do what you need to do. You are not a grounded being, the sky is your boulevard (Ephesians 3:20). Start dreaming again; quit the job if you need to, fly to distant lands if you need to, start the new job from ground up if you need to, start the new business if you need to, enroll yourself in the desired course if you need to, [gently] explain to your family and loved ones if you need to.
What if you were never meant to be grounded? 脚踏天空. The sky’s the limit, if only you could see it, you could possess it. Because a life of mediocrity isn’t enough. You are meant for more, you are a being beyond this world.
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 may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. – T.E. Lawrence
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
130522 Stuck a propeller plane kit I got back in Seoul, Korea below a shelf in my room to remind myself, “If you can see it, you can have it. The sky’s the limit.” Thank you Wright Brothers being a trailblazer in the pursuit of visions and dreams.