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What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore — 
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
Like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

This is the well known, well recited poem written by Langston Hughes. I find myself reciting this poem when change seems difficult, or progress seems slow. Often, through tears in the face of a new setback or disappointment, I ponder whether my efforts have been in vain and my dreams have been once again derailed by circumstances out of my control. This is a common response to frustration. We all have been there.

If we were honest with ourselves, the question isn’t what happens when a dream is deferred; instead, the question is how we respond to the frustration that results from a dream seemingly derailed. How do we respond to setbacks and obstacles that threaten our progress. How do we respond to investing time, energy and resources in the pursuit of dream, only to be denied the return of our investment?

A dream is a dream, regardless how painstakingly long takes to actualize it. A dream doesn’t dry up, fester or explode because the process takes to long or is met with bitter opposition. No. A dream becomes a burdensome load when we no longer possess the Get Up that it takes to pursue it. When we give up to frustration and allow disappointment and resentment to run rampant in our emotions releasing the canker of doubt and uncertainty into our minds.

The bitter sting of disappointment can be stagnating. It can cause us to hide in fetal position under a blanket while we hold our breath waiting for the pain to subside.Frustration is the true killer of hope and is in direct opposition to pursuing an UNLIMITED lifestyle.

This premise in itself makes it very clear: we master our fate when we face frustration head on and refuse to give in to the fear. No longer can opposition and circumstance determine whether our dream is deferred. We DECIDE. Will we pursue? Or will we embrace disappointment and allow frustration to determine the degree to which we live an Unlimited life?

We all must answer this for ourselves. But as for me, I choose to reject the sting of disappointment and frustration; instead, I am determined take the offense, grit my teeth, roll up my sleeves and try again. I choose to GET UP and GRIND it out yet another day.
What about you?

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