The Purpose of a Platform

“Dream in a pragmatic way.”

I like this quote from Aldous Huxley, a novelist in the early 1900’s.  Not that I know him, but that’s a sensible statement, a dichotomy really.  Pragmatic dreams?  How can you dream and act sensibly and realistically, basing decisions on what’s practical and not what is theoretically considered?

I’d like to submit that its selfish, arrogant even, to dream without any consideration for what’s practical because what’s practical is what’s in our hand.  And what’s in our hand is not always the sexiest or the most fun (in fact, sometimes its not fun at all) and more often than not, what’s in our hand has nothing to do with what’s in our heart.  So most of us live somewhere in the brain space of the future with impeding thoughts of how much we perceive our present to not be propelling us into our future.

If there is anything I would do differently in my past, it would be altering my commitment to the present in every season.  I missed so much (and made some dumb decisions about relationships and career choices) in the past seasons of my life simply wanting to be somewhere else.  Are you like me?  Do you struggle to stay engaged in the present, especially when the present is painful, busy, boring, or full of pressure?

I’m not a big dreamer – I do have dreams, but I don’t live in them…well, not anymore.  Confession:  I can’t stand theoretical discussions, which is perhaps why you’ll never invite me to a brainstorming session.  I have a problem crushing dreams with practical suggestions:  “Did anyone think about how much that will cost?”  “I’m sorry, but with our current structure of leadership, that ask is nearly impossible.  Great idea though.” “Hmmm…  How about we deal with our current reality of resources and dream from there?”

No one likes an analytical strategist messing up their dreams.  And no strategist likes a dreamer ignoring their reality.  Perhaps we have to grow in navigating a pragmatic dream, where we believe for the impossible while we deal in reality.

Often our pursuit of a dream starts and ends with us, giving little or no thought to others.  We chase a platform, dying for influence because we’re on a search for significance full of ego, pride, and proving our worth to people.  We abdicate responsibilities now, “hopin’ and wishin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’, plannin’ and dreaming” that our future will come faster.

I’ve done that, haven’t you?  I’ve stepped out on “faith” without wisdom.  I’ve hurt people who were counting on me to be responsible and faithful, because I thought my dream was just around the corner.  I was wrong… every, single time and I caused myself unnecessary heartbreak when I had to clean up my mess, dust myself off and try again.  The purpose of a platform is people.  Not just the people you’ll impact when you get your dream, but the people you impact right now.

Our dreams of tomorrow are fulfilled in our faithfulness today.

@AshAbercrombie

Hey there fellow truth-teller, welcome to our community. I'm so glad you're here. I love to help people take their mask off and tell the truth, and I believe the world needs what you have to give. I write books and blogs, live in Harlem, New York, with my hubby, and two rambunctious boys.

8 comments

  • This is good! I definitely struggle with staying in the present when it’s painful. I read somewhere once that dreams remain dreams until reality sets in. Thanks for the reminder to be faithful today.

  • Soooo Good!! LOVE this one!!! I also love your picture selections for your blogs!!:) Thanks for writing this!!

  • Preach it sista! This is so good!

    And I love this line:
    Confession: I can’t stand theoretical discussions, which is perhaps why you’ll never invite me to a brainstorming session.

    Also this one:)

    No one likes an analytical strategist messing up their dreams. And no strategist likes a dreamer ignoring their reality.

    I am your sister!

  • “Perhaps we have to grow in navigating a pragmatic dream, where we believe for the impossible while we deal in reality.”

    Well done babycakes!

  • “Often our pursuit of a dream starts and ends with us, giving little or no thought to others.” I long to live in a world with less tunnel vision. 🙂 Funny I am both the dreamer and the strategist it makes for a crazy gal! Very insightful Ash! Oh and MAJOR props on the Banksy photo!

  • Man…Ashley, this blog is EPIC! PREACH!

    I love this:

    “I’ve hurt people who were counting on me to be responsible and faithful, because I thought my dream was just around the corner.  I was wrong… every, single time and I caused myself unnecessary heartbreak when I had to clean up my mess, dust myself off and try again.”

    It’s a sobering thought that we can be like this, but this was such a great reminder of why SELF-AWARENESS is so important. I’m so thankful for the people in my life I have given permission to keep me accountable in this area. It’s so important that when we have God sized dreams, to surround ourselves with people who feed our souls and not just our egos. Thanks for sharing this!

  • “So most of us live somewhere in the brain space of the future with impeding thoughts of how much we perceive our present to not be propelling us into our future.”

    *raises hand* I’m one of the “most of us” and I can’t begin to tell you how timely this is.

    Great reminder for me to remember to focus on what I can do with what’s being placed in my hands…even if it’s not what’s in my heart at the present moment.

    Thank Ash! 🙂

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