Reaching For the Stars Isn't As Hard As You Think

Reaching For the Stars Isn't As Hard As You Think

Reaching For the Stars Isn't As Hard As You Think
By Doyle Matthews

You don't have to travel all the way to the moon to reach for the stars as Alan Bean did. The astronaut returned to earth to become an artist and record his experiences on canvass. The stars can be viewed just as easy from here on earth as standing on the moon.

To reach for the stars does require a huge commitment and it has much higher expectations than everyday desires such as obtaining your driver's license or getting an "A" in mathematics class. When you reach for the stars you are transcending your current abilities and relying on a mercurial spirit within to catapult you above normal human experience. When Dr. Martin Luther King said, "I have a dream," he was reaching for the stars. President John F Kennedy reached for the stars in his speech in the 1960s when he challenged America to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade (and Alan Bean listened).

To reach for the stars is not an exclusive club available only to famous people. The great thing about it is that it's available to everyone on the planet. Recently, a teenager in California attempted to be the youngest girl ever to sail around the globe.

In 1902, author W.W. Jacobs made an anonymous quote in his novel, Tale of the Monkey's Paw: "Be careful what you wish for; it may come true [approximate words]." To reach for the stars has its responsibilities and it does not always end with success (the California girl failed in her bid to sail around the globe). But ask anyone who has reached for the stars and their answer will be that it was well worth it.

How do you know what your personal star to reach for is? Some people know from early childhood what star to pursue and some people don't discover it until old age (a one-hundred year-old woman recently graduated from college). Your star will be elusive to catch but as soon as you sight it, never let it disappear. Don't let it dimmer while you stare at the television for hours on end. Nurture it by reading great books with themes that brighten your star. Come in contact with people and friends that make it glow, not dimmer. Always hold your head up high (otherwise, how will you see your star?).

Your star doesn't have to culminate with your photo on the front page. No one even needs to know about it. Once there was a poor Pakistani water boy named Gunga Din (Rudyard Kipling), who dreamt of serving the British Empire and reached for the stars by saving many British soldiers in war. Once there was a man named Abraham Lincoln who lived in a log cabin in Kentucky, who reached for the stars and changed the world. Once there was a boy named Tom Edison who dreamt of lighting up cities at night.

Once there was a person named (enter your name here), who reached for the stars (enter your dream here) and...

Doyle Matthews is a former U.S. Foreign Service officer and civilian radio engineer who has had over sixty-five visas stamped in a shoebox full of passports (including diplomatic). He has written four novels, two of which are in publication [].

Nowadays, he spends his time between Los Angeles and Bangkok. The two "City of Angels" provide provocative material to populate his "idea" files for future stories and articles.

Mr. Matthews' current passion is to help stressed out overworked Silicon Valley engineers, who are beset by deadlines to find the time to grow as individuals and get a life. []

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