Following the Dream

30 Jun

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. The Wright brothers had a dream. Susan Boyle had a dream. What sets these people apart from every other dreamer walking the planet? The answer is obvious. They didn’t just weave “what if” fantasies. They pursued their dreams.

Being one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement wasn’t for the fainthearted. It started with a simple word, no. That single word brought Dr. King in contact with a remarkable woman, Rosa Parks. Telling Blacks to give up their seats to white passengers was a common practice in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. Rosa Parks was tired that day, tired of injustice. She’d paid the bus fare, yet she was told to give up her seat. As a result of her refusal she was arrested. That arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, spearheaded by twenty-seven year old Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Eight years later, on a hot August afternoon in Washington DC, Dr. King shared his dream with the world. No, his wasn’t an easy path.

The Wright Brothers, owners of The Wright Brothers Cycle Company, had a dream inspired by a toy helicopter, flight. There were other experimental aircraft. Many people were working toward the same goal. These Indiana boys invented aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible. On December 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina the brothers are credited with the first controlled, powered flight in a heavier-than-air machine, the Wright Flyer I. You would think this event would have been greeted as a crowning achievement. They couldn’t even get the press worked up about it. The path to their dream was littered with numerous legal battles, but they prevailed.

Susan Boyle lived a quiet life. During her birth, she was deprived of oxygen for a short period of time. This resulted in learning difficulties. She was taunted and called “Susie Simple.” Ms. Boyle’s mother had urged her daughter to compete in Britain’s Got Talent, but the shy woman couldn’t work up the nerve to follow her dream of singing.

Susan Boyle’s mother died in 2007. It was a devastating loss. Neighbors say that Susan could go days without answering the telephone or knocks on her door. The forty-eight year old wanted to honor her mother. She auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent. The video of that audition went viral. What impressed me most was the way Ms. Boyle presented herself. Confident. Calm. This was her opportunity and she was going to make the most of it. She knew the judges and audience were mocking her, but she was following her dream. The mockery stopped the moment she sang.

This brings me to you. Have you finished writing a book?

If your answer is yes, then you are following your dream. We are weavers of tales. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement and flight, we don’t risk our lives. We don’t risk public humiliation in front of a live audience. What we do is lay our souls bare with words and invite people into worlds of our creation.

There are thousands of people who dream of chucking their jobs and writing a breakout novel, but most don’t follow through. You’ve done it. You’ve written the book, maybe more than one.

Celebrate your courage. Celebrate your determination. Celebrate your accomplishment. You are a dream chaser, part of an elite group.


Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Idaho


19 responses to “Following the Dream

  1. Janis

    June 30, 2011 at 4:36 AM

    Inspiring to follow your dream. Thanks, Lynn

    • lynn mapp

      July 1, 2011 at 9:00 PM

      No, thank you for following your dream.

  2. LBlankenship

    June 30, 2011 at 6:03 AM

    I have Susan Boyle’s audition on my iTunes and it still makes my heart soar when I hear it.

    • lynn mapp

      July 1, 2011 at 9:01 PM

      It was one of those moments we’ll always remember.

  3. johannaharness

    June 30, 2011 at 6:10 AM

    Inspiring post, Lynn. Thank you!

    • lynn mapp

      July 1, 2011 at 9:02 PM

      Thank you, Johanna.

  4. Meredith Conner

    June 30, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    What a lovely post, Lynn. “Celebrate our courage and accomplishments” – I love that.

    • lynn mapp

      July 1, 2011 at 9:07 PM

      Meredith, I hope you have unleashed your talent on New York. They’ll be talking about your impact for years to come.

  5. Carley Ash

    June 30, 2011 at 6:24 AM

    This is wonderfully motivating. Thank you Lynn. It’s a great way to start the day.

    • lynn mapp

      July 1, 2011 at 9:02 PM

      Thanks Carley, let’s kick it into gear.

  6. Amanda Bonilla

    June 30, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    A great post! My daughter had a poster on her wall that read, “Luck Follows the Persistent.” I totally live by that saying. If you want something bad enough, you’ll eventually get it. Anything worth winning is worth the fight.

    • lynn mapp

      July 1, 2011 at 9:04 PM

      I have a poster I hold dear. “Keep in Touch with Your Dreams.” With the business of lilving it is easy to lose sight of what’s really improtant.

  7. A Smith

    June 30, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Dream chasers unit! Great post Lynn

    • lynn mapp

      July 1, 2011 at 9:05 PM

      Hey Girl, dreamers coming together, powerful.

  8. Mary Vine

    June 30, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Aw, nice post, Lynn! Writing is a calling, but not a free ride. Must work at it! Thanks.

  9. lynn mapp

    July 1, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    So true! Writing isn’t a free ride. It is work and more work, and even more work.

  10. Liz Fredericks

    July 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Beautiful post, Lynn. Thank you

  11. Steph

    July 7, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Lynn, how inspiring. I have a book done and seem to be finding reasons to not send it out. I keep polishing. Your blog has kicked me in the tushy. I’m going to send it out and go to work on the next.


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