What do the song “Bittersweet symphony,” Margaret Thatcher, and happy people have in common? Its “the verve.” Verve is the cool factor. That something special. If Audrey Hepburn’s style had a baby with Mohamed Ali’s ferocity, verve would be the kid. Verve makes for the best kind of trio: its one part spunk, one part …
Holding people to a Thomas Edison standard would mean demanding that people #1. work their asses off for their dreams, and #2. never give up. It would require people to relentlessly pursue their callings. And maybe that’s not such a bad idea. If Edison had given up, and said on try #5,672, “Screw it, I’m over this,” then we would not know what it means to see the lights of our city across the bay at night.
Little kids are so awesome because they are encountering the world for the first time. I don’t think this perspective is lost on my sister. While we all left Neverland, Kimmy Peter Pan-ed it. She retained the child-like wonder that slipped away from most of us.
The question with dreaming about these things becomes, should you dream more and allow yourself to believe in greater things? We’re always on the cusp of taking that leap of faith, straddling the line between a tension of two opposites. Security and certainty on one end, uncertainty, insecurity and dreams on the other…Despite all that, following our intuition may be the hardest thing to learn, but for me at least, for all of us, it may be the most important.