"It was a magnificent mirror, as high as the ceiling, with an ornate gold frame, standing on two clawed feet. There was an inscription carved around the top: Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi "
The above excerpt from Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone talks of a strange inscription on a mirror. When you first read it, the sentence doesn't make sense. But when read backwards, the message it conveys is simple: I show not your face but your heart's desire.
This sentence got me thinking. I realized that by using that sentence, the author J.K Rowling teaches us motivation. We should not dwell on dreams alone, but strive hard to achieve our heart's desire. As Dumbledore (in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) says, "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to
My views on dreams are loosely based on Jungian views on the subject. To me, dreams are just the outcome of our deepest thoughts or experiences of the day, of something that has created an impression on our nubile minds. Instead of just yearning for something (which we may or may not be able to possess), we should work towards achievable targets. By doing so, we can feel content that we are proceeding in the right direction.
But that doesn't mean that dreams are totally worthless. They give us something to think about, provide a vent to our feelings, help us realize our innermost thoughts. The power of dreams is limitless. So dream on...but also work towards achieving your dreams.
All the best!