Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only by
Edgar Allen Poe.
"American history shall march along that skyline," announced Gutzon Borglum
in 1924, gazing at the Black Hills of South Dakota. In 1927 Borglum began sculpting the
images of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt on
the granite face of 6,000-foot Mount Rushmore. Most of the sculpting was done by
experienced miners under Borglum's direction. Working with jackhammers and dynamite, they
removed some 400,000 tons of outer rock, cutting within three inches of the final surface.
When Borglum died in March 1941, his dream of the world's biggest sculpture was near
completion. His son Lincoln finished the work that October, some 14 years after it was
Today in the Word, January 2, 1993.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Senior, was a doctor. As such he was very interested in the use
of ether. In order to know how his patients felt under its influence, he once had a dose
administered to himself. As he was going under, in a dreamy state, a profound thought came
to him. He believed that he had suddenly grasped the key to all the mysteries of the
universe. When he regained consciousness, however, he was unable to remember what the
insight was. Because of the great importance this thought would be to mankind, Holmes
arranged to have himself given either again. This time he had a stenographer present to
take down the great thought. The either was administered, and sure enough, just before
passing out the insight reappeared. He mumbled the words, the stenographer took them down,
and he went to sleep confident in the knowledge that he had succeeded. Upon awakening, he
turned eagerly to the stenographer and asked her to read what he had uttered. This is what
she read: "The entire universe is permeated with a strong odor of turpentine."
Bits & Pieces, November 12, 1992, pp. 20- 22.
T.E. Lawrence once said, "All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night
in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to the day to find it was all vanity. But the
dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for the many act out their dreams with open eyes,
to make it possible..."
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
It started like so many evenings. Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner.
Mom and Dad were absorbed with jobs and did not notice the time. It was a full moon and
some of the light seeped through the windows. Then Mom glanced at the clock. "Jimmy,
it's time to go to bed. Go up now and I'll come and settle you later."
Jimmy went straight upstairs to his room. An hour or so later his mother came up to check
if all was well, and to her astonishment found that her son was staring quietly out of his
window at the moonlit scenery. "What are you doing, Jimmy?" "I'm looking at
the moon, Mommy." "Well, it's time to go to bed now." As one reluctant boy
settled down, he said, "Mommy, you know one day I'm going to walk on the moon."
Who could have known that the boy in whom the dream was planted that night would survive a
near fatal motorbike crash which broke almost every bone in his body, and would bring to
fruition this dream 32 years later when James Irwin stepped on the moon's surface, just
one of the 12 representatives of the human race to have done so?