The Impossible Dream is Real for those who Perservere

The Impossible Dream Embodies Hope

To dream … the impossible dream …
To fight … the unbeatable foe …
To bear … with unbearable sorrow …
To run … where the brave dare not go …
To right … the unrightable wrong …
To love … pure and chaste from afar …
To try … when your arms are too weary …
To reach … the unreachable star …

from Man of la Mancha

The Impossible DreamThe impossible dream is real and it is daily seen in the lives of those who have disabilities.  They face innumerable obstacles and keep going.

Roy was unforgettable.  In fact, even if I tried I would not be able to get Roy out of my mind.  He was unashamed to tell you how he felt. He was loud. When he entered a room, people could not help but notice.

His social skills were extremely lacking and to say ‘he was a sight’ when he ate, would have been putting it mildly.

But, Roy lived out the impossible dream, and in that regard, Roy became my hero.

Roy  Had Hope

I first met Roy at a summer camp where I worked as a counselor year round. During one part of the year, our camp set aside 2 weeks for S.T.A.R. (Senior Teenagers Aid Retarded), an organization that worked with individuals like Roy, while asking the Staff at the camp to assist their own counselors.

In those 2 weeks, I learned a lot. My world of normalcy was widened because of people like Roy. I learned, too, that Roy spoke just what he felt, that he had no tactful manner about himself. And I wondered how often we missed out on speaking our minds we because of our desire to be tactful. And I wondered how many people simply smiled and told me ‘OK’, when I asked them how they were doing, while deep down inside they were wanting to take the conversation another way, but fear held them back.

All these lessons that I learned culminated the last night of camp during the singing of their theme song at the campfire: The Impossible Dream. As I listened, a tear ran down my cheek as I sensed that these people really believed that nothing was impossible for them. Their Staff, us counselors, and the campers had our arms intertwined with our neighbors as we all sang that song with gusto.

But of course, Roy sang the loudest. He must have believed. I certainly did.

What about you?

Follow your dreams, embrace your calling

For nothing is impossible with God.”

Luke 1:37 (NIV)

Michael

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