Dream on…

Yes, we are singing again and again (you probably missed the second one because it is on another blog!).

Dream until your dreams come true…and you get to do some cool things on campus with your colleagues.

Yeah, so that one was a bit off melody! 😉 No disrespect!

I am not going to write about my dreams. Nope. I won’t be writing about lofty dreams of peace, or the elimination of poverty, or even meal times that don’t include my kids complaining about “vegetables again.” I am not going to do that. That discussion is worthwhile, but that is not what Steven is telling me to write about, and right now, I’m listening to Steven.

Dream until your dreams come true. In other words, don’t give up (thanks for that translation, Captain Obvious!). We can talk all day about how cool it would be to have virtual reality glasses in every classroom, or give every new student a brand new laptop when they enroll, or how great it would be if faculty members from all corners of campus regularly attended workshops in the CTLE, but we can’t go that big all the time. Don’t get me wrong, those are fun conversations to have, and sometimes they are useful or necessary; however, they tend to lead no where because often no first step is taken.

Really BIG first steps are scary. So are chocolate covered sardines.


Both happen. We may not know how, and we may not know why, and sometimes we may not like it, but sometimes BIG dreams do come true. And the coolest thing about it is that those big dreams come true the same way those “regular” dreams come true: take the first step. It doesn’t have to be a big step just because it is a big dream, it just has to be a step. We just have to work towards those goals one step at a time; we just have to dream on.



7 thoughts on “Dream on…”

  1. Thanks Chris, now I will have Aerosmith stuck in my head for the rest of the week. I don’t think all of your dreams were so far reaching. There are tons of great applications, techniques and technologies that the CTLE can help instructors improve their classes with. I feel like there are too many that don’t even know it exists. Getting the help is easy, we just need to spread the word, or in this case, acronym.

    1. You are right, Paul! There are tons of applications, techniques and technologies…and the CTLE is ready to help with ALL of them! Bring it on, people! 🙂

  2. So . . . you’re too young to remember the original release of Dream On, Chris, but I do like the sentiment. Isn’t the scholarly equivalent of Aerosmith’s refrain a reminder to be “aspirational”?

    Stealing from Tom Bodett: “They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” We certainly have all three of those as faculty here at GCC. Yep, and we’ll leave the light on for you.

    1. Maybe I wasn’t there when the song first released, but since it is classic, age doesn’t matter! Great quote, Lori; we definitely have all of that opportunity here at GCC. Thanks!

  3. Chris-

    Thanks for your inspirational post. It reminds of a story about a novice mountain climber and her expert guide. The young climber quickly loses her positive outlook as she looks up at the mountain top. From the base of the mountain, the climb now looks impossible. The wise guide tells her not to look at her destination. Just focus on the next two steps in front of her. Then continue and repeat…two steps.

    Talk is great, but making the steps get you to the summit… or the chocolate covered sardines…

  4. You totally used the title I was going to use…back to the drawing board. Still need to figure out what I am going to write about anyway! lol


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