President Obama spoke to graduates at Ohio State University this past week, telling students: "I dare you, Class of 2013, to do better. I dare you to dream bigger," Obama said.
One can easily applaud the sentiment but the logic makes utterly no sense. Dreams are for dreamers, it’s reality where the work is needed. The American Dream has failed for that simple reason. It’s a dream, and dreams are not reality.
Imagine if the President had said, instead, “I dare you to wake up.” Imagine young people waking up to the reality that the only solution is to be authentic, to experience life from the inside out, to make balance the priority so that they experience happiness as who they innately are, not something they need to get through a career, marriage, shopping, sex, fame, money, etc.
We don’t need the President to dare us; we can challenge ourselves. Instead of dreaming bigger, let’s wake up. Let’s relax into the innate pleasure of being present in this moment and feel the available bounty of life being born in us right now. The abundance is incomprehensible to ego-minds who compete in scarcity. But we don’t fight each other for breath and there’s enough life force to go around too!
Waking up, the first thing our new eyes see is a world of opportunity to express the qualities that will eventually reflect themselves in a new environment, qualities like integrity and compassion, love and appreciation and, perhaps the most practical of all and the simplest, friendship with each other.