Don’t Stop Living


I was watching one of the Harry Potter movies a while back with a couple friends of mine. I’ve never seen a whole movie or read any of the books, but my friend loves them, so I was up for watching them. There was one part in the movie, thought, that I had to pull out my phone and make a note to myself what one of the characters had said to Harry. In all honesty, I found it simply profound.

“It does not do, Harry, to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”


I was fully expecting to watch an entertaining movie and maybe see what all the fuss was about, but I was not expecting to hear anything profound.

See, I’ve got a lot of dreams. You could stick me in a corner, and as long as I had food, water and a bathroom, I’d be fine with just my thoughts and dreaming up new things and ideas. I love it. Some of the great business leaders of our day set aside an hour a day just to think and dream. I think it’s fantastic.

There are so many incredible things that we were created to do. And I believe that we all have dreams and desires within us. And, let’s just face it, most of our dream worlds are significantly better than our real worlds. Am I right?

Mine are. In my dream worlds, I’m able to go and do as I please. Money is no object. I have several successful businesses, blogs and books. I walk down the street and people know who I am and look at me in awe. Yeah. I’m awesome. Just look at me.

So obviously there are some major flaws in this scenario. Mainly, IT’S NOT REAL! Shocker. And maybe one day it will be, and that would be awesome, but right now? Nope. I’m still the real estate agent who is writing two blogs and starting a book that might never get published and, yes, I still have to check my bank account all the time.

Secondly, in my dream world I’m recognized and I love it. I love it that people know how awesome I am. But I wonder…when Mother Teresa walked down the streets of Calcutta and people knew who she was, did she glorify herself or glorify God?

Yes. I want to be known just like every other person in the world. But more than anything, I want to be known by God, and I want to know him. Then and only then will these dreams be worth living. And the only way to get there is to do the work.

I’m not going to wake up one day and instantly be an author. I have to write the words. I’m not suddenly going to drop the weight and run a half marathon. I have to do the work. And I’m not out of nowhere going to have this incredible relationship with God where I know Him like He knows me. I have to invest that time into that relationship.

No, Julie. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

Get out there and do the work. Do not forget to live this crazy thing we call life.

What is one thing that you would do if you knew you could not fail?

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  • Michelle Woodman

    Great post! And if I could do one thing, knowing I would not fail at it, well . . . one of them would be finally finishing one of my book ideas and getting it published. I have too many unfinished stories. :p

    • Thanks, Michelle! Do it. I heard something once, I think, or I made it up, but either way: Unfinished stories leave an unfinished life. You never know how your stories can change the world. Do it, sister!

  • Great words! And a great new look!!

    If I could not fail, I would begin a scholarship foundation for deserving Hispanic children in this country and abroad. I think today that is what I want.

    • Do it. There will be red tape, but you’ll never regret it.

      I just loved this template. Hopefully I’ll get it all figured out soon!

  • My dream is to end up being a full-time writer… But one thing I’ve learned is that it’s easy to sit around dreaming about how awesome it would be to end up a full-time writer someday and never put the pen to the paper (or fingers to the keys). Sometimes I think we all need reminders to stop dreaming and start doing. Great encouragement for me to get off my butt today.

    • Seth, I found getting started to be my biggest roadblock. Once I start putting words on the page, it gets a little easier. So let’s do it. Love your blog, too!