Owning Your Dream

randomlychad  —  May 11, 2011 — 9 Comments

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I am not cool, hip, or “with it.” I’m just a middle-aged husband and dad with a dream. A dream that includes a love of words. A dream that I let all but die–because I bought into a lie.

When someone I respected, looked up to, trusted, told me I wasn’t good enough, I believed them.

I believed them, and let the spark in me grow cold.

For nearly a quarter century, that dream lay fallow in my heart’s soil. Oh, there were some tentative forays, a few things that saw the light of day, that people praised.

But I didn’t believe them. I was still the scared high school freshman who’d had his crushed heart handed to him.

It is just within the last nine months, or so, that I’ve allowed my heart to come alive again–that I’ve dared to dream.

And fallen in love with words all over again.

This is why, despite the fact that I’ve read only the first chapter, I believe so strongly in the message of Jon’s new book, Quitter. In it, Jon contends that following our dreams is not a process of discovery, but rather one of recovery. Finding, and championing, that which we’ve always truly loved.

That has certainly been the case for me.

My name is Chad. I may not be “cool,” but whatever else I am– be it an employee, husband, father–I am a writer.

I’m owning my dream now, and I’ve given up believing the lies.

How about you?




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Christ-follower, husband, dad, blogger, reader, writer, movie buff, introvert, desert-dweller, omnivore, gym rat. May, or may not, have a burgeoning collection of Darth Vader t-shirts. Can usually be found drinking protein shakes, playing with daughter, working out with his son, or hanging out with his wife. Makes a living playing with computers.

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  • Larry
    • Thank-you, sir!

  • I choose to own my dream as well. Just downloaded Jon's new book for my Kindle. I am super excited to dive into it!

    • Awesome! So glad to hear it. I'm working through the audiobook right now. So stoked!

  • I can't wait to read this book!

    • It's pretty darn awesome so far (doing the audiobook)!

  • tlhumphries

    Talk about the power of words! Someone else's words caused you to quiet your own for a quarter century. Now another's words have encouraged you to speak forth your own. We should all remember how powerful our words are and weigh them carefully. Those whom God has gifted with the ability to communicate effectively have a huge responsibility!

    • In my case, it was a trusted adult--a father-figure, if you will--whose words I took to heart all those years ago.Yes, words are powerful, and I'm thankful that Mr. Acuff uses his so well. Blessings to you, and thanks for reading!

  • awesome