The fat man in the red suit just left a few days ago. We’re still cleaning up after his yearly visit. With four kids — three of them 10 or under — Christmas time is something special. The pure excitement on the faces of our kiddos when their ever-growing feet hit the living room floor is enough to bring tears to this guy’s eyes.
It’s not the presents that they are so excited about. I mean, everyone likes presents, but their excitement comes from somewhere else. It’s the thought that a man from the North Pole harnessed up his 8 (or is it 9) flying reindeer, loaded up presents for every child in the world into his magical sack and flew to Erie, Pennsylvania USA overnight to bring just the right gifts. Part of their excitement comes from believing in things that they don’t understand — believing in magic.
While we’re talking about magic, can I just say one thing? Adults are boring. Often really boring.
I’m all for logical reasoning, but sometimes it’s okay to believe in magic. NotDavid Copperfield walking through the Great Wall of China magic. But the idea that we don’t have all of the answers, that we don’t understand how everything works and that there is power in dreaming big dreams that seem unreasonable, even impossible, to the majority of the world.
The risk of losing our ability to dream big is that we’ll tend to play everything safe. We’ll only copy from other people and we stop taking chances on being us. We only play the numbers. And numbers, like adults, are boring. But it’s worse than that…
“The side effect of giving up on our dreams is that we often give up on ourselves along the way.”
If you want to build something extraordinary, you have to believe that there are things you don’t know. You have to be willing to try things that seem impossible. You have to be willing to try things that may upset a few people. They may even upset me. As long as your intentions are pure and you’re not hurting people along the way, go for it.
No one is interested in boring. No, not even you.
Create your magic. Dream bigger dreams. And most of all, stop being boring.
This post was written by Josh Layhue