Dreaming Big In A Recession

by heather

Yeah, I know a lot of people are going to be doing a double-take at that title. What? Dreaming, in a recession? Yeah right.

Before you click away to research things like frugality, saving money, or finding a job, just hear me out for another minute.

I know things look bleak for a lot of people right now. I mean, I live in Southeast Michigan, ground zero for the flailing auto industry. The unemployment here is approaching 10%, and everywhere I go it’s all anyone can talk about. Bailouts, plants closing, bankruptcy. It’s depressing, and everyone is effected in some way by what’s happening in the economy.

I’d like to send out a plea, however. A plea for people not to give up on their dreams.

The reason why I think that this is so important is because it’s all too easy for us to get caught up in the emergencies of the day. And while I’m in no way trying to diminish the very real challenges that many people are facing right now, I also don’t want us to lose sight of what we’re here to do in the first place. We’re here to follow our dreams.

Our dreams are what keeps us alive and sparkling, even in the darkness. Especially in the darkness.

What are the dreams you hold close to your heart? Take them out tonight, after everyone has gone to bed. Dust them off and look at them closely. Are they daring? Are they outrageous? Do they seem completely impossible?

If so, good! Now you’re living.

Please don’t let your dreams fall into the dark recesses of your heart. If they spend too much time there, they might not ever resurface. It happens all the time.

I know things look bad. I know there are challenges. But your dreams are so precious! They’re what makes you you. They’re what makes you stand up straight and walk with purpose. They make your eyes light up, and they’re what makes your heart long for bigger and better things.

Instead of watching the news tonight, why not think of one tiny little step you can take towards making just one of your dreams come true. It may be the smallest step in the universe. It may be so small that you think it could never make any difference.

Even if that’s the case, take the step. And then tomorrow think of another one, and take it.

Everything that’s happening right now will pass with time. It may take six months. It may take six years. In the meantime, however, you can be working on your dreams. Give them time and attention. If you don’t, they’re going to die. And that will be the real tragedy of all of this.

Please don’t give up! I know in my heart that things are going to get better. Make it so by following your dreams. I’ll be following mine right along with you.


Curt December 9, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Everyone has dreams, but few all the will and vision to live them out. That is true with or without a recession. Although, its true, the recession is discourage some – but it will also create a desperation is others. That desperation will fuel the Will and Vision what we need to rebuild the economy.

heather December 9, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Hi Curt,

That’s a great point. One great piece of business wisdom I love is: The hungry fox hunts best.

Even though things are tough right now, some challenges will push people to move forward and create new ways of doing things. Who knows what can come out of all this? Maybe something really beautiful and amazing and exciting.

Many thanks for writing in.

Dustin McClure December 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Thanks for the encouraging words. I am also very hopeful, in fact more so in these last few months. We can sit around feeling sorry for our situation and complain about everything. Or we can get up, get motivated and change our future. And we can do it today even with the world around us.

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