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The path to my dreams is an obstacle course littered with barriers and hurdles.  Whether an obstacle is a barrier or hurdle depends on how I treat obstacles in my mind.  If I see barriers, I instantly know that this is as far as I can go.  I am at the end of the road, and itís time to quit.  If I see hurdles, I approach the same obstacles and jump over them.

If I go to the University of Life and get a Ph.D. in the architecture and construction of impenetrable barriers, I spend my life discovering all the reasons why I cannot do what I want to do and be what I want to be.  I develop expertise in how to gracefully surrender my dreams, and I give excellent lectures on the futility of life.  I join the ranks of the Life Long Disoriented who studied at the same university and have advanced degrees in failure, quitting, and broken dreams.

If I see hurdles rather than barriers, I enroll in different courses in the University of Life.  I become an expert at jumping hurdles.  I take courses in tunneling under them and specialize in their demolition.  Hurdles have nothing to do with limitations.  They are merely the challenges I face as I move from one adventure to the next.

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In the grand scheme of things, my grand schemes seem fairly insignificant.  In a global sense it's easy to feel as if my life counts for nothing, or at most, counts for little.

I've had several earnest people tell me in no uncertain terms that I was wasting my life as I sailed around the world on my yacht, and  I can understand why they felt that way.  Those people thought I was on a prolonged vacation, and they didn't understand that I was making a life and doing things that were important to me.  They couldn't see that I was giving my children a multicultural experience that made them into citizens of the world.  We didn't just sail around the world, WE SAILED AROUND THE WORLD AS A FAMILY .  In the age of single parent families we were doing things the old fashioned way - we were a real deal family unit in which every person on board had responsibilities that contributed to a safe voyage.  My children survived without cell phones and a dreaded peer group to complicate their lives, and they grew up to be good citizens of the world who actually cared about other people - even people from the third world.

During that eleven year voyage, I maintained the yacht, wrote five books, started three web sites, and paid for my children's college education.  There weren't enough hours in a day to do all the important things that demanded my attention.  Now that I have sailed around the world, I can finally take a real vacation from all of that work.

A long time ago I learned that what other people think of me is none of my business, and I focused on doing what was important to me.  Life is an inside job that works best when I start from the inside and work my way out.  When someone tells me that I shouldn't be doing things that are important to me, and that I'm wasting my life, they are really saying that my dreams don't count in their scheme of things.  My dreams aren't important, and instead, I should live dreams that make sense to them.  These people are Outside-Inners because they are taking their outside dreams and trying to cram them down my throat, and that doesn't work.  It's the recipe for anger and frustration, and is a terrible way to make a life. 

In the grand scheme of things, my grand schemes are supremely important to me and to me alone.  I have a choice.  I can either live my dreams, not worrying about what other people think, or I can forget my dreams, and let them wither.  If I do that, my spirit will wither as well.  Joy will no longer spring up in my heart, and each step I take will echo the dull thud of dread I feel in my heart that results from not living my dreams. 

The handwriting is on the wall, and the message is clear.  There is simply nothing more important than living my dreams.  Even if I don't rock the world, I can still rock my world and that's what counts. 

Someone much smarter than me said, "What you do isn't important, but it's important that you do it."  Those words have the ring of truth, and you can build your life on them.  So fire up your dream machine and have a few grand schemes of your own, because that's why you're here on planet earth.  God gave you the capacity to dream, and He gave you a lifetime to make those dreams come true.

Please excuse me.  I must go now because it's time to work on my grand schemes.

Life is good.

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