Any dream will do
I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain
To see for certain what I thought I knew,
Far, far away, someone was weeping
But the world was sleeping, Any dream will do.
~ Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
I first heard these lyrics years ago when I was a teenager, and more recently when I started thinking about what they meant for me I found an interpretation that really resonated with me and helped me to understand why I love doing what I’m doing. It helped to bring some clarity to my imagination and really brought my purpose into focus.
According to Wikipedia, poetry is “a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. … The use of ambiguity, symbolism, irony and other stylistic elements of poetic diction often leaves a poem open to multiple interpretations.” I think that means that poetry can have different meanings for different people, and it’s not just what the words mean literally, it’s also how these words make you feel.
For me, the first couple of lines here seem to talk about using my imagination to see the evidence of things yet unseen. How many times over the years have people shared a picture that has inspired them to take action to make something unseen become a reality?
“He did see it, that’s why it’s here.”~ Mrs Walt Disney, about her husband.
I’m reminded of an observation by Mrs Walt Disney on October 1, 1971, five years after Walt Disney passed away. On this day Disney World had its grand opening and it is reported that during the dedication ceremony someone turned to Mrs Walt Disney and said, “Isn’t it a shame that Walt didn’t live to see this?”, whereupon Mrs Disney replied, “He did see it, that’s why it’s here.”
I am also reminded of the iconic “I have a dream” speech by Rev Martin Author King in 1963 where King urged America to “make real the promises of democracy.” and Bob Geldof’s passion to release “Do they know it’s Christmas” to raise awareness of the plight of the famine in Ethiopia in 1984.
“where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow, do they know it’s Christmas time at all?”~ Bob Geldof and Midge Are
These dreams are about bringing something into being that wasn’t formerly there, and many of them are about righting a wrong, correcting an injustice or alleviating a pain that is causing suffering that we can relate to because of our particular circumstances or history.
I guess we all have dreams sometimes that we can only see when we close our eyes and make an effort to pull back the curtain that otherwise keeps the dream veiled and indistinct.
That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!~ Popeye
Who else can remember Popeye the sailor man, and his dedication to saving his sweetheart Olive Oyl from some imminent threat or danger, usually fueled by popping open a can of spinach and consuming the contents and accompanied by the exclamation: “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!”
Well, I suspect we don’t all have quite that level of wrong to right, but probably we have something in this season of our life that resonates with the phrase “Someone was weeping, but the world was sleeping”. Now that may mean someone actually crying, but often it can also be a really helpful metaphor for someone I want to help, someone who is experiencing some kind of problem or pain that I know I can resolve or help to make go away.
“Far, far away, someone was weeping; But the world was sleeping, Any dream will do.”~ Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice
My dream is: “to help leaders learn how to maximise their effectiveness, and that of their teams.”
What’s your dream?
About Roger Fairhead
Roger is a Leadership specialist and uses the PRIZE Winning Leadership model to help leaders improve their effectiveness and that of their teams, through remote and on-site delivery of keynotes, group training events and individual coaching sessions.
He is the author of several books including "PRIZE Winning Leadership" and “Personal Productivity Planner”, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Director of the Global Leadership Network UK with extensive experience in Project Management and Sales.
“He is articulate, tracks complex issues with ease and has an incredible gift for raising pearls of wisdom out of the murky depths of people and process.” His passion is to help people to learn effective leadership skills to lead their teams to capitalize on their strengths and passions to realize their dreams.
Roger also invests into the dreams of families in the world’s underserved communities to offer them small loans that empower them to invest in their future, to provide for their families and give back to their communities.