So, are there any memories we need to trade for dreams?  Some number of months ago I found myself listening to a story being recounted by a fellow that had been a pastor of a church in the Midwest.  It seems the small but growing church he was leading was running out of room for their burgeoning congregation and all short term options to accommodate the growth had been exhausted.  They had taken the traditional steps of going to multiple services but in order to grow any further they simply needed some new space.  Just then a choice piece of property that would allow them to expand came available…but there was a catch.  The seller was demanding a certain amount of money in a relatively short period of time and was offering no wiggle room for negotiation.  (If my memory serves me correctly I recall they needed around $100,000 and were given only one month to get the money to obtain the property.)  So a vision was cast to the congregation and the clock began to tick.  The money began to come in, one service at a time.  The pastor would get an update after each service on exactly where they stood against their goal.  After the final service on the final Sunday before the day the money was due the pastor was told they had not only received the amount needed but someone had also given a diamond necklace.  As he shared the story he then captivated me with this statement, “Imagine that, someone traded a memory for a dream.”  Someone had taken something that at one time was a precious possession of theirs and given it away in order to be part of something bigger than themselves.  As I’ve recounted this story in my mind over the days since it’s caused me to think that many of us, including myself, certainly have tangible things that we could give away to help provide fuel for the specific vision of an individual or organization.  For many, this seems to be the most obvious and potentially safest path of exchange.  The real question, and perhaps the more costly one, is whether or not there are any memories that we need to let go of that, if we’re honest with ourselves, have kept us from dreaming (and doing) the things that bring about the fullness of living life as it is meant to be lived.  For example, I know many men who have awakened to the day when they tell themselves they’ll never become the man they had hoped to be.  They have simply lost the dream and the paralysis of living a defeated life sets in.  One of the “Albert’s,” Einstein or Schweitzer, said, “The tragedy of life is what dies inside of a man while he still lives.”  This is not what was intended for us…we were created to live!  May we have the courage to let go of the past, or said another way, trade the memories that hold us back so that we can recapture the adventure of dreaming about and realizing the fullness of our today’s and our tomorrow’s.  Peace.