What you think you want and what you truly deep-down want may be two different things. You already know you have in the past desired something or someone, and you didn't get what you had your mind and heart set on. Perhaps a thread of you understood that you were better off without that which you desired, but you wanted what you wanted and you did not want to believe otherwise, is this not so? At the time your dream broke, you were devastated, and later you may have found yourself relieved. Now you know that what formerly was a great disappointment and loss to you was a blessing all along. How blessed you are for what you receive and what you do not receive. How blessed you are.
Once upon a time, you may have wanted to open a certain kind of business, and as fortune would have it, you did open the business you so desired. Soon you discovered that, no matter how much you had wanted this business, it wasn't really for you, and you were not for it. You had started in a certain direction, and you kept going. You wanted it because you wanted it, and it really wasn't what you thought it would be at all. You went the long way around only to finally stop and go another way altogether.
It might have been nice if something had stopped you sooner.
When it is a man or woman you deeply love and you are left at the altar or some such, no matter how much you saw this as a loss and bemoaned it, now you see differently. Now you can't even conceive what it was you were thinking — what were you thinking? If all your previous desires had been fulfilled, happiness still would not have been yours. You were banking on matters that cannot be banked on.
Everything in life seems to spare you from something else. It is not always supreme when your heart's desires are fulfilled. You don't like finding out that you were barking up the wrong tree. Sometimes you have been like a monkey who can't let go of the vine he is swinging on. You hold on because you are holding on and you don't want to get off.
Certainly, you have discovered in life that everything you wish for does not come to pass. There was a time when you thought whatever you desired with all your heart would, of course, come true. Little by little, one by one, your fingers were plied off that dream. Now hold your hands out, palms up, to see what is poured into them — perhaps treasures you had never thought of, perhaps dreams you had not the foresight to dream of.
Whatever dreams may come, they serve a purpose. And whatever dreams do not come, they also serve a purpose. The whole Universe is at your feet, beloveds, like a shoe salesman, trying on shoes for you, smoothing the way for you. The longest way around may be the shortcut; the shortcut may be the long way around. How are you to know, beloveds?
So amble along in life. Love what you love and don't hold on too tight. Give your dreams a chance to breathe. And don't let go too quickly either. Dream. Don't hold tight, and don't be hasty and throw your dreams away either. Gravitate away from dreams that you think your life depends on, as if without it, you are bereft. Dream your dreams, and let people and let life follow their own stream of divine dreaming.