Gotta keep dreaming

A dream is a wish that your heart makes

When you’re fast asleep

In dreams, you lose all heartache

Whatever you wish for, you keep

Have faith in your dreams and someday

your rainbow will come smiling through

And no matter how your heart is grieving

If you keep on believing

The dreams that you wish will come true….

I have a confession to make: I grew up watching Walt Disney fairytale classics. So, when recently a friend of mine called me a dreamer, the first song that came to mind was one of the scores in Cinderella. I remember Cinderella telling her mice friends that her family (read ugly step mother and step sisters) could order her around but they could not her to stop dreaming. If we did not have dreams, aspirations and goals, where would we be?

Recently, I read John C. Maxwell’s Thinking For A Change   and I must admit, for a self-help book, it is a great read. In terms of thinking, he challenged me to throw away the proverbial box! He encourages readers to think about their dreams and things that give them the most joy. Please do not forget that by constantly meditating on these things, one strategizes how to make his/her lofty ideas more concrete.

The song says that I should have faith and believe that my dreams will come true in a rather ambiguous manner. I guess the writers wanted to remain politically correct. I, on the other hand want to make it crystal clear- I have faith and believe in God.  I love Acts 17: 28 where Paul says “in Him we live and move and have our being”. Paul had gone to Areopagus and found Athenians placing the sacrifices on an altar dedicated to “THE UNKNOWN GOD”. Shocked, he sought to dispel the notion that God was impersonal and uninterested in them.  Long story short, his thoughts were not readily accepted. He leftAthensbut not without getting at least two converts: Damaris and Dionysius the Areopagite.

Truth be told, not every one will buy into your dream.  Most people will think es muy loca! (Spanish: she’s very crazy). On the flipside, how many people have been deemed crazy or foolish through the ages and later on heralded as absolute geniuses…. There’s nothing as embarrassing as someone accomplishing something that you written off as impossible.

Well, Cinderella had her mousy friends to help all the while (just between us, she was rather melancholic). They were constantly coming up with plans to help her put her wardrobe, get passed that wretched cat and get a hold of the precious glass slipper.I guess that’s why it’s a fairytale- no friendly mice, no fairy godmothers. However, I must say, that she who finds a true friend finds a good thing.  Further, I just have to be self-sufficient and hustle until my dreams come true.

In the same way, I believe that God is interested in my life and my dreams.  In fact, he has ordained them. So I just have to keep dreaming (and acting), trust God and His timing. I would like to end this piece with a few words from Brandon Heath’s Light In Me:


The spark

The shot to the heart

You are the hope that leads me

Out of the dark

You let Your love shine down

So that the world can see

You put the light in me.


About Lillian

I am a proud student of the human experience which provides me with the perfect excuse for being a bibliophile (read: book hoarder) and the unofficial patron of Nairobi Inama bookshops. But in my past life, I was a recorder player. You can also find me on Medium (@lillianyamongo) where I discuss sustainable finance.
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One Response to Gotta keep dreaming

  1. Brezhnev says:

    Insightful piece…reminder of one of my teenage favourite songs by Celine Dion-Power of a Dream

    Deep within each heart
    There lies a magic spark
    That lights the fire of our imagination
    And since the dawn of man
    The strength of just “I can”
    Has brought together people of all nations

    There’s nothing ordinary
    In the living of each day
    There’s a special part
    Every one of us will play

    Feel the flame forever burn
    Teaching lessons we must learn
    To bring us closer to the power of the dream
    As the world gives us its best
    To stand apart from all the rest
    It is the power of the dream that brings us here

    Your mind will take you far
    The rest is just pure heart
    You’ll find your fate is all your own creation
    And every boy and girl
    As they come into this world
    They bring the gift of hope and inspiration

    Feel the flame forever burn
    Teaching lessons we must learn
    To bring us closer to the power of the dream
    The world in lights and hope and peace
    We’ll pray that you will always be
    It is the power of the dream that brings us here

    There’s so much strength in all of us
    Every woman child and man
    It’s the moment that you think you can’t
    You’ll discover that you can

    Feel the flame forever burn
    Teaching lessons we must learn
    (To bring us closer to) the power of the dream
    The world in lights and hope and peace
    (We’ll pray that) it will always be
    It is the power of the dream that brings us here

    Feel the flame (forever burn)
    Teaching (lessons we must learn)
    (To bring us closer to) the power of the dream
    (The world in lights and hope and peace)
    We’ll pray that it will always be
    (It is) the power of the dream that brings us,

    (The power of the dream)
    (The faith in things unseen)
    (The courage to embrace your fear)
    (No matter where you are)
    (To reach for your own star)
    To realize the power of the dream
    To realize the power of the dream

    Keep dreaming gal,and once through you gotta live your dream….i’ll always tell you to reach for the sky.


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