Once upon a time there was a king by name Vardana. Since he was a little prince he had a dream to build the biggest and most exquisite gold palace. He took this up the first thing once he became the king. Though he was a mighty king it was not an easy task to achieve. He had to convince his family that it will get the dynasty name stay forever. He had to convince his parliament and representatives of the people that it would be a politically correct thing to do considering neighboring kingdoms and finally he had to convince people that it would not tax them a lot and they would have an envy and admiration of whole world in their kingdom. Finally he convinced everyone that his dream would be the pride and future of the nation and started working on it swiftly. Architect for the palace was one among the best. The design he came up with was out of this world. King fetched gold from numerous mines and had a mountain of it for the countless craftsmen to work on. After ten years of tireless work, anticipation and excitement his dream became a reality. There stood the fabulous and breathtaking palace wonderfully alive. The king started to live in the palace with his family. The people close to him started to notice that he was not as happy as he was supposed to be living in his dream. Eventually months passed and Vardana was getting more and more restless. The palace which seemed so bright and wonderful as a dream seemed monotonous and suffocating. He did not know if he had done all these years of toiling to live in something which seemed all the more boring day by day. Now, his family was proud to stay in the palace. His people were ecstatic about having something so wonderful in the kingdom. What was wrong with him? Why wasn’t he cherishing his much awaited glory anymore…??? What was he supposed to do now? What would you have done if you were King Vardana..??
You and I might not be King Vardana, however there lie a king in each of us, who dreams big and toils to make the dream come true. If you look back you might have had situations when you dreamt for something. Say a particular career, car, house, girl or guy, income so on. Once you dream, the dream should be convincing for all parts of you, which have different opinions, thoughts and emotions about different aspects. One part wants a particular career however another part says nops, there isn’t enough money in it, one more part doubts if you have the ability, there is yet another part which says the career might not be so desirable. Once all your parts are satisfied and in sync you will be convincing your family about your dream and also ensuring that dream is acceptable for society. After this you take up the dream, work hard and finally reach there. Oops, once you reach the point it doesn’t seem all that great right… Why does this happen..??
There could be two possible ways we can look at this situation. Firstly the dream need to be dreamt not from the point of view of a bike rider in the town who can hardly view 20 meters ahead of him and proceed but from the point of view of a pilot of a plane who has the bigger picture of the town in the vicinity. Bike rider’s view is partial and ever changing and pilot’s view is not, though it expands as he comes nearer to the landing. Secondly, the destination or the final point of the dream is the glitch. How about not having a final point but just the stations which give a space to look back, reflect, learn and proceed. This sort of dream is a reality from the moment it starts and never becomes a fixed reality with an end point. You will continuously have the fun and excitement of proceeding. Think about all those dreams of you which you have already achieved and also the dreams which you are still working on. Which one is more close to your heart..?? Can you keep your dreams in momentum without an end point..??
Our king Vardana had a beautiful dream and that was to build a masterpiece and not to dwell in it. Dwelling in it was decreasing the value of his dream day by day. Have you already contemplated a way he can still be happy and excited about his life, living his dream…???
Note : The picture is not from Vardana's palace..;)
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