Providential Dynamics

Tudor

Tudor (Photo credit: TBoard)

Yesterday, I saw an advertisement for a self help program. The tag line begged to ask the question, “What is the number one reason your dreams are failing you?”  

To me, this is a rather bizarre question, but I know what the program is probably getting at. So, I’ve decided to throw in my two cents on the subject.

Assuming you are an adult, at any given moment in time, you are exactly where you’ve lead yourself. You are exactly where and what you’ve always wanted. You are the fulfillment of your own dreams and aspirations. Even if you think this is not the case in your own life, it is you, and only you, who shifts the gears and steers the wheels toward your own destiny.

You are exactly where and what you’ve always wanted. You are the fulfillment of your own dreams and aspirations. The Cosmos will bend over backwards to get you what you’re asking for. Unfortunately, such providence is not in the rack of candy bars beside the checkout counter at the grocery store. The Cosmos is not set up for instant gratification. There tends to be a delay in the process. If your dreams are failing you, it’s probably because you’ve outgrown the ones that got you where you are today, replaced by new dreams and aspirations.

I should point out here that dreams and aspirations are not fulfilled from the thoughts of the conscious mind, which tends to be impetuous and hedonistic. Dreams and aspirations are fulfilled from the thoughts of the subconscious mind, which tends to concern its self with the survival and continuity of its mechanism. Your conscious desire to be a multi – millionaire may not be congruent with your subconscious desire to keep a consistent flow of food on the table.  The good news is, your pragmatic subconscious mind gets its view of the World from your impetuous conscious mind.

Lets examine this dynamic on a superficial level.

Lets say you have a thing for Tudor cottages. You think Tudor cottages are simply the coolest style of house in which a person could live. You want to build a Tudor cottage for yourself, and go live in it. You start gathering Tudor cottage blueprints, Tudor cottage wood, Tudor cottage nails, Tudor cottage sinks and Tudor cottage toilets. You marshal all your Tudor cottage stuff out to a spot in the woods, and start building yourself a Tudor cottage. You measure twice, cut once. line things up, and nail them together in Tudor cottage fashion. You are going to have yourself a Tudor cottage.

Somewhere along the process, you see a ranch style house … level, long, sleek, no stairs to climb. You start thinking how cool it would be to live in a house like that. Your tastes have evolved. You have a new dream, a new desire, a new aspiration. However, you can’t just stop working on your Tudor cottage, tear it down, and start building a ranch house. You have a lot of time, energy, and resources tied up in this Tudor cottage. All the stuff you have lined up for building a house is Tudor cottage stuff, not ranch house stuff. You then drudge through finishing your Tudor cottage to get a roof over your head.

Your dreams of building and living in a ranch style home did not fail you. They simply evolved away from your dreams of building and living in the Tudor cottage you already have in progress. However, if you keep the dream alive, you will more than likely build yourself and live in a ranch style home.

Hopefully, I won’t wait another two years to post an article on this blog. However, till next time, remember, you are spectacular, so dream big, and dream often.

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  1. 2013/07/26 at 20:23

    Gerald – I’m not a full-fledged Determinist nor am I convinced that Free Will alone will save me. There are elements in my universe that are (happily in most cases) both randomly placed and out of my control, but that exert influence on events in my life. That I arrive at some intersecting point with those elements in the course of my travels could just as easily be attributed to circumstance than causality. Some are unavoidable. For example, I am going to die some day. How or when that happens could be the result of one of my own actions. But, not necessarily. However, I also agree that we can perform great feats through shear force of focused will. Finally, I agree that you should be posting more often.

    • 2013/07/26 at 23:04

      Charlie,

      Thanks for the input. It’s very much appreciated.

      Yes, there is randomness out there. The Universe is trying to accomplish a lot of things all at once. Sometimes paths cross to the benefit of its individual constituents, at other times interests clash. If we start walking down that path, and come across a snake crossing in front of us, hopefully we see it in time to avoid stepping on it. However, how are we supposed to know there is going to be a snake crossing our path in a particular spot at a particular time when we start walking? Chaos is chaotic. And there is inevitability, such as that point in our existence when our consciousness and our matter are damaged and worn beyond the point of sustaining each other.

      I’m sure the people who raised me meant well. I think I was born and raised in a latent stage of the Dark Ages. In any event, I was raised to be submissive. I was raised to believe that the contributions I could make toward the fulfillment of my own destiny were little more than insignificant. Genetics, the government, society, the school system, the economy, UFOs, employers, Santa Clause, and the Tooth Fairy had all that covered for me. It was incredibly liberating for me when I not only came to the realization, but to the acceptance of the fact that I am the one who points my feet and walks in the direction I’m going. If I get hit by a meteor in the process … sucks to be me.

      Charlie, I sure am glad someone reads my stuff. Thanks again, you’re spectacular.

      GLH

  2. 2013/08/30 at 11:25

    Dear Gerald,

    I saw that you semi-frequently write reviews on books within the Evangelism category on Amazon.

    My father wrote a book titled, Forgive Me For Waiting So Long To Tell You This. This little book was written for Christians to give to their unsaved friends and family. Readers are provoked to think about themselves, Jesus Christ, and their eternal destiny.

    We’ve recently made the e-book version perma-free on Amazon in hopes that Christians can “loan” it to their loved ones providing a respectful and non-confrontational way to share their faith.

    Could I mail you a physical copy of the book to read and potentially review on Amazon?

    Thank you and May God bless you!

    – Elisabeth

    • 2013/09/03 at 23:25

      Yes, of course! I would be honored to review your fathers book on Amazon. I’ve gone ahead and ordered a hard copy of the book from then.

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