Going the distance

Achieving your dreams

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. March 21, 2012

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One of the recurrent themes in the blog comments is that of achievement and perseverance in the face of adversity. I'm fascinated by the athlete, the entertainer or the teacher who tenaciously works at achieving their dreams despite setbacks.

I'm reminded of a speaker who once said, "Those who have abandoned their dreams will try to take away our dreams."

We're all familiar with the genius of Michelangelo. His iconic and transcendent artistry is absolutely mind-boggling. Several years ago, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit a museum in Florence. When we saw Michelangelo's David, we both wept out of admiration and respect. A quote attributed to Michelangelo can be a powerful motivator for each of us, "The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."

In other words, if we don't stretch ourselves, if we don't risk failure and if we don't get out of our comfort zone, we will never reach our full potential to bring peace, joy and encouragement to our fellow travelers.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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March 21, 2012