I heard a story about a couple in southern California who lived in the foothills of the mountains. One day as they were hiking through a canyon, they noticed wild mushrooms growing everywhere. They decided to pick the mushrooms and take them home. They invited some friends over for a “mushroom party”. They sautéed the mushrooms, breaded them, and fried them. They made mushroom omelets, mushroom salad, and mushroom soup. They even concocted some mushroom desserts.

After dinner, as all of the guests were gathered on the table, having a great time, the host went into the kitchen with the leftovers. He had an old, lazy cat, so he decided to feed it with some scraps from the table. The cat gobbled up the mushrooms.

Some time later, the host went back into the kitchen and found the cat lying on the floor, foaming at the mouth and panting for breath. He immediately phoned the veterinarian, who advised the man that he and his dinner guests had better get to the emergency room as soon as possible to have their stomachs pumped. The vet suspected that they had picked poisoned toadstools instead of mushrooms.

After going to the hospital and having their stomachs pumped, the people finally made it back home. They made their way into the kitchen, expecting to see their cat lying lifeless on the floor. Instead, the cat was in the corner of the kitchen with a brand-new litter of kittens.

Imagine that! Have you ever felt like that? What they thought were death pains were, in reality, birth pains! It may look like your dream is foaming at the mouth and panting for its final breath, when in reality you’re closer to giving birth to your dream than you’ve ever been.

If you are discouraged and feel as though your dream is dying, don’t give up! Don’t give up too soon on your dream. It may be you’re just having birth pains, not death pains. It’s always too soon to quit. When you’ve been through hell, what’s five more yards? Keep going. Keep dreaming the dream that God has put in your heart. If it were easy, anyone could do it.

When you begin to pursue your dream, somebody will always emerge to try to steal it. Often it will be someone who never had a dream of their own, or if they did, they abandoned it. It could even be a family member who constantly reminds you of what God couldn’t or wouldn’t do through someone like you. Don’t believe what they tell you.

Pursue your dream no matter how far-fetched it may seem, for dreams are like children – they’re your offspring. They’re the joy of your present and the hope of your future. Protect them! Feed them! Encourage them to grow, because as long as you have a dream, you’ll never be old.

Your dreams usually won’t arrive with the sound of blaring trumpets. You can miss them. They are very fragile. They tend to come very gently, and they grow very slowly. Dreams are almost like a divine mist, and one harsh breath from some critic can dissolve it. All it takes is one negative word from a cynical person to crush a dream.

You need to be careful of dream assassins. Make sure you’re not assassinating your own dream, because you may be your own worst critic. It’s OK to talk to yourself, but not at yourself. Be careful not to talk yourself out of your dream. Instead, talk yourself into it. Believe that you can fulfill your dream, and you will!

Don’t let anyone dump on your dreams.

I hope this helps you my friend.

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Your Partner In Success,

Etieno Etuk

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