Thursday, March 13, 2008

What's Your Dream?

What am I?

Need a hint? I was once among the stars, held three men yet never felt burdened by their weight, and am now resting comfortably not far from "Glamorous Glennis."

One of my favorite places in the world to visit both in person and online is the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Treasures upon treasures are housed in SI's 19 museums and 9 research centers.

Not able to travel to the physical buildings? Then visit the Smithsonian online! (Answer to "What am I?")

Established by a gift to the United States of America from a British citizen who had never stepped foot on American soil, (nor to the best of anyone's knowledge did this British gentleman even know anyone in America), the Smithsonian Institution has become one of the world's most significant landmarks.

British scientist, James Smithson loved knowledge. His desire was for knowledge to be shared throughout the world by all men. Why he chose the United States as the destination for his estate and why he believed his dream would come true in the hands of people he had never met continues to be a mystery to this day.

Sometimes we have to take that big leap of faith and trust that God is steering our course.

Sometimes we have to take that big leap of faith and place our dreams in the hands of people we have never met.

James Smithson must have lived his life leading by example. If he didn't in his life, he sure did in his death because the Smithsonian is filled with the results of people's dreams.

From Charles Lindberg's "Spirit of St. Louis" to Russia's Sputnik.

From the bones of ancient mammals to the study of the evolution of butterflies.

From the paintings of James McNeill Whistler to 9th century arts of the Islamic world.

From Dorothy's ruby slippers to Jerry's "Puffy" shirt.

The Smithsonian's collection proves dreams can come true.

So, if you are feeling stuck in a rut, discouraged, dry as a desert, alone in the valley, oh-so-small in a great big world, overcome with disappointment, rejected by the populous, bruised by your own negative thoughts, stymied by temptation to quit, or stalled in your tracks...SNAP OUT OF IT!!

And remember James Smithson. His dream counted on a foreign nation's willingness to believe in, care for, and build upon not just his own dream, but the dreams of countless others.

What's your dream? The world really is waiting...


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