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The Way To Dreams


 

 â2004 Garry Lee Marshall All Rights Reserved

The Way To Dreams Ó 

The way to dreams was published by Garry Marshall as a preface to  “Paradox”.

In this preface, Marshall summed up all of his previously published thoughts about how to achieve true success. 

For this purpose, Marshall created father Abraham, who liberally quotes from “Paradox” to a crowd waiting for the stock market to open. 

We are delighted to present this preface in hopes that you may succeed in all your dreams.

Courteous Reader,

Nothing gives an author more delight than to find his works respectfully quoted by others.  Judge, then, how much I must have been gratified by an incident I am going to relate to you.  I stopped my truck, lately, where a great number of people were collected in front of the Stock Exchange.  The hour of the open not being come, they were conversing on the badness of the times; and one of the company called to a plain, clean, old man, with white locks,  “pray, father Abraham, what think you of the times?  Will not the losses we share, ruin the country?  How shall we ever be able to achieve our dreams?  What would you advise us to do? _Father Abraham stood up, and replied, “If you would have my advice, I will give it to you in short; for a word to the wise is enough.” “True success can be learned by those who seek it but it cannot be bought for any amount of money and it cannot be taught by the wisest of teachers.” as Poor Garry says”.  _They joined in desiring him to speak his mind, and gathering round him, he proceeded as follows. “Friends, says he, “The losses are, indeed, very heavy; and if those laid on by the economy were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us.  We loose twice as much by our apathy, three times as much by our gluttony; and from the economy the government can not ease or deliver us, by allowing relief.  However, let us hearken to good advice and something may be done for us; “We must pray as though the matter we desire depended entirely upon God, and we must work as though it depended entirely upon ourselves,” 

 

SHARING: “It would be thought a hard loss that should reduce our investments two thirds part of their original value: But Apathy reduces many of us much more; greed, by exhausting God’s gifts to us. “Societies become apathetic and the businesses that love money start to flourish. Once a society starts to allow the love of money to flourish then the society as a whole may change.” “Societies should welcome an economic event that will shake them back to their theological roots. It will give a new and robust freedom to everyone.” As Poor Garry says.  _”If God’s will for us is to flourish and if God’s resources the most precious, focusing on God’s will, must be, “all that we need”; since, as he elsewhere tells us, ”If you keep your sights set on God's gifts for your stay (and not money) and if business appears to be part of your destiny, then who do you wish to glorify with your work while on earth?”:  Let us then up and look up and living for purpose:  So by God’s will shall we achieve our dreams.  Apathy and greed makes all things difficult, but God’s will for us all easy; and, if God gave you a dream then God’s will be done.  Get out of God’s way with your dream and share it with others. “It is the sharing and the heart felt relationships (friends) that are made during an undertaking and the good that you do for others that have lasting,”  _”So what signifies wishing and hoping for better times?  We may make these times better, if we better ourselves. “Take great care of all that has been entrusted to you.  Turn away from godless philosophical discussions and the contradictions of the ‘knowledge’ which is not knowledge at all; by adopting this, some have missed the goal of faith.” "You must keep to what you have been taught and know to be true; remember who your teachers were, and how, ever since you were a child, you have known the holy scriptures   -from these you can learn the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is inspired by God and useful for refuting error, for guiding people's lives and teaching them to be upright.  This is how someone who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work.” “God will free souls, minds, wills and emotions for those who open their spirits to serve our Lord whose burdens are light,” Poor Garry says. _Trust in Jesus when he says "Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened and I will give you rest.  Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light." _What though you have found no treasure, nor has any rich relation left you a legacy.” Ask then,  “what kind of profit do you seek?”  "Religion, of course, does bring large profits, but only to those who are content with what they have. We brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it; but as long as we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.  People who long to be rich are a prey to trial; they get trapped into all sorts of foolish and harmful ambitions, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. The love of money is the root of all evils' and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds.” “No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second.  You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.” _What then shall you say to the wealthy who do have money?  “Instruct those who are rich in this world's goods that they should not be proud and should set their hopes not on money, which is untrustworthy, but on God who gives us richly all that we need for our happiness. They are to do good and be rich in good works, generous in giving and always ready to share.  This is the way they can amass a good capital sum for the future if they want to possess the only life that is real." “And so I tell you this: use money, tainted as it is, to win you friends, and thus make sure that when it fails you, they will welcome you into eternal dwellings" _What about the dreamer who has no money?  The dream must be worked at, and the calling well followed, or neither our knowledge nor our wit will enable us to achieve our dreams.  _If we come together and share our dreams we shall never starve; for, “Infinite Intelligence can be taped and it will help you succeed when you work as a team, and, “"Better two than one alone, since thus their work is really rewarding. If one should fall, the other helps him up; but what of the person with no one to help him up when he falls?  Again: if two sleep together they keep warm, but how can anyone keep warm alone?  Where one alone would be overcome, two will put up resistance; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken,” as Poor Garry says. 

 

_Methinks I hear some of you say, “Must a man afford himself no profit?”  I will tell thee, my friend, what Poor Garry says, “Consider using God's money to share love and faith with and for others in all your endeavors.”  "Anyone who is trustworthy in little things is trustworthy in great: anyone who is dishonest in little things is dishonest in great.  If then you are not trustworthy with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches?  And if you are not trustworthy with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own?" Garry also says to look in scripture; “Mt 25:14-30 and 1-Timothy 6: may shed some light on what our master tells us to do with HIS money,” and, “Making enough money to steward a business is simple; actually it is natural,” Garry also says “Economic burdens placed on the people are an important consideration for understanding where a society is, in relation to God’s will.” “A free market should be open to everyone,” and, “If God gives you an inspiration, you should be free to develop that dream for the good of all.” “If your faith is strong enough, you will prevail in any market.” "So if the son sets you free, you will indeed be free,” and, “God needs man.  God needs man to share with him, all the things he so freely gave us.”

 

THRIFTINESS: “But with our sharing we must likewise be steady, settled, and careful, and not trust too much to our economic system, for Poor Garry also says, “We are in an economic condition called the paradox of thrift.” “And again, “Our first reality to our business success is,” “When the title that man has on God’s free energy becomes too expensive for transfer into its economically profitable equivalent then change must take place or businesses must find alternative methods of transferring God’s free energy.” “And again, “America is under a siege of thriftiness.” “Going the extra mile in everything we do and with everyone with whom we come in contact is the only true way for us to tap into the gifts associated with God’s plan.”  And again, “When liquidity becomes evasive and money is not flowing, readily enough, to steward the volume requirements of business then businesses must share their potential future earnings with others,” and the good news from Poor Garry is “Business equity will grow naturally and its value will have many perceptions.” “You plant and steward the seed and leave the fruits of your labor to God.”  _Trusting too much to our government’s economic system is the ruin of many; it is now up to us to build a new economy and our taxes will slowly bring our country strength; for, “If we had rendered God his due, we would not be in this mess.” “Render, Therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's"

 

SUCCESS:  “So much for thriftiness, my friends, and attention to one’s own business; but to these we must add an understanding of true success, if we would make our sharing more certainly successful. A man may, if he knows not how to have true success, keep his nose all his life to the grindstone, and die without achieving his calling.  “True success is the feeling of joy that you receive when you are happy with whom you are.”  “So my conclusion is this: true happiness lies in eating and drinking and enjoying whatever has been achieved under the sun, throughout the life given by God: for with the ability to enjoy them and to find contentment in work, this is a gift from God.  For such a person will hardly notice the passing of time, so long as God keeps his heart occupied with joy.” “Small successes are the greatest of all achievements.” “Build your true success one block at a time and build down from him.  Let Jesus be your cornerstone.” “Don’t allow opportunities to draw you away from God’s plan for you.” “Learn how to succeed in the small things that have meaning to God so you can believe in yourself to accomplish larger endeavors.”  Away, then, with your opportunities, and you will not have then so much reason to complain of hard times, economic conditions and chargeable stock brokers; for “Every endeavor, goal or destiny is only as good as the institution in back of it.” God gave you the dream thus making you the institution. “The Paradox is thus described as this: An institution’s principles determine the principles for success. The higher the principles, the higher the success.  God will determine the measure.” “And farther, “Be known as a person with high principles:“   “God always blesses good will and good will, is always proved by effort.” “Combine all of your efforts with love.” “Love is a virtue and it brings other virtues into the sole.  Love will make one devoted, loyal, sincere, patient, willing to endure long periods of suffering, courageous, prudent, unselfish, pleasant, sensitive and strong.  Where you find love, you will also find generosity.” “The greater your destiny, the greater you must become in love and generosity.” “The only way that you can develop this love is through prayer,” as Poor Garry says; and again, “Human love is limited, but God is generous.” Again, “Build an individual code of ethics:” “A code of ethics is what you stand for.  It is the reality of who you are.  Each time you have an opportunity to stand up for what you believe in, you should draw your sward” “If you don’t draw your sward then you have no code that concerns that particular principle.” You don’t have to draw a big sward, a little sward will do, “the person you wish to leave a lasting impression on, is you.  Ask God to grant you the courage.” Scripture tells us; “Do not be afraid, for I am with you; do not be alarmed, for I am your God. I give you strength, truly I help you, truly I hold you firm with my saving right hand.  Look, all those who rage against you will be put to shame and humiliated; those who picked quarrels with you will be reduced to nothing and will perish.  You will look for them but will not find them, those who used to fight you.” Again, “Build Character, Character and More Character:” “Honesty is paramount for success.” “Work Smart and use your imagination.” “Get the knowledge or specialized training that you need to accomplish your goals.” “Be the one who gets things done.  Take some chances and trust in God.  Always take the initiative.” “Work as if you had blinders on.  Race horses keep focused because the blinders will not allow them to be distracted.” “Be interested in the work of others and hold a sympathetic understanding of the work that others are doing.” Again, “God is a God of purpose.  Be definite in purpose when you set out to achieve an endeavor.” “­Expecta­tion comes from plan­ning as long as it takes until you are sure the plan will work.” “When you are sure you can do it, and you believe that you really must do it, then you will.”  Many a one, for the sake of meaningless tasks have gone with a hungry heart; “You may be full of it,” as Poor Garry says, “Full of stuff.” “You may want to ask yourself that question because Satin has a way of keeping your life full of meaningless tasks.  Tasks that keep you from living a life of purpose.” “You need to get free.  Free to serve God’s will for you.” “_By these, and other distractions, the genteel are reduced to poverty, and forced to borrow of those whom they formerly despised, but who, have maintained their standing; in any case it appears plainly, that a plough-man who has faith in God is higher than a gentlemen in grief.”  Be humble in standing and focus on your dream, “Give it to God and Leave it with God.” “God wishes that all of our time be channeled vertically,” as Poor Garry says. “There are as many seeds as there are people. The seeds ­­all lead to the same thing. Success in life.  We must understand what true success is and what success on earth is.” “As Paradoxical as it may seem, the harder we work and faster we go, the worse off we may be when we are headed in the wrong direction.  We know that we must fear God while living and that all of our accomplishments (on earth) will turn to dust in time. We know that true success is union with God,” and again,  “As the height of heaven above earth, so strong is his faithful love for those who fear him.  As the distance of east from west, so far from us does he put our faults.  As tenderly as a father treats his children, so Yahweh treats those who fear him; he knows of what we are made, he remembers that we are dust.  As for a human person - his days are like grass, he blooms like the wild flowers; as soon as the wind blows he is gone, never to be seen there again.”

 

REASON AND WISDOM:  “This doctrine, my friends, is reason and wisdom: But, after all, do not depend to much upon your own prudence; and ask God for the blessing humbly.” “God's earth is good, and the world's energy sources are all things under the sun. We cannot destroy God given energy.  It contains a special characteristic that will transform itself into other forms of energy when we harness it or use it for our own will.” “So use God’s energy wisely and look to it first for all achievement.” “We must bind together and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us.” “God must guide our step.” “We may choose to live in one of two ways.  One is sheer futility and the other contains joy and happiness.”  “What do people gain from the efforts they make?  I contemplate the task that God gives humanity to labor at.  All that he does is apt for its time, but although he has given us an awareness of the passage of time, we can grasp neither the beginning nor the end of what God does. I know there is no happiness for a human being except in pleasure and enjoyment through life.  And when we eat and drink and find happiness in all our achievements, this is a gift from God.”  Poor Garry says “God wishes us to give 10%, from a charitable heart,” and also, “Tithing does not allow suffering and the rewards will be many.” What did Jesus tell the rich aristocrat?  “One of the rulers put this question to him, “Good Maser, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  .Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?  No one is good but God alone.  .You know the commandments: You shall not commit adultery; You shall not kill; You shall not steal; You shall not give false witness; Honor your father and your mother;” . He replied, “I have kept all these since my earliest days.”  And when Jesus heard this he said, “There is still one thing you lack.  Sell everything you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”  But when he heard this he was overcome with sadness, for he was very rich.   Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to make their way into the kingdom of God!  .Yes, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God.”  .Those who were listening said, “In that Case, who can be saved?”  .He replied, “Things that are impossible by human resources, are possible for God.” Poor Garry says we should pose these questions to each other; “Could you give everything that you own if he asked? Or is everything that you own already his?  Do you administer what is his for the good of all?”  Garry says, “We can use money as it was intended but let us seek assets, accomplishments and prosperity.  Let us seek pleasure.  Pleasure in the stewardship and sharing of all God's gifts.  Sharing with God and others in the beauty, abundance and majesty of God’s earth,” and also, “We live in a monolithic world.  Let's quit playing monopoly and start playing for keeps.”

 

 

 HOPE: “God is love and all love comes from God.”  Poor Garry says, “Three things govern your ability to draw on the love that you so desperately need.” “Your willingness to give up a part of self to make room for the love to come in.” “Philosophies that you created on how one should act.” “Fear of what they may say.” “Hope is the starting point for all achievement.” “Clear some space in your heart and recognize a friendship.  Drop the shield that you have placed over your heart.” “Use discernment when looking for members that you wish to include in your dreams.  Do not include members because they have a good resume or skill or money.   You are looking for someone who you plan to share your destiny with.” “You must hope that God will deliver the necessary help mates that are required for you to achieve your destiny,” and also, “When a person is always going the extra mile for others, they naturally open God’s path to personal inspiration.” Garry believes, “Your brain puts out vibrations that are picked up by other minds.  People are attracted to you because of what you think and feel, not because of what you say or do,” and also, “the one that you seek will have some special qualities about them that are undeniable when you learn how to spot them.” “Look first to your heart.  You will feel it.” “You will feel a certain attachment and respect for the other individual.” “Look second for the eye of the tiger.  You may have to look deep within yourself to understand the eye of the tiger.  When God created you, he created a perfect person with whom he planed a special destiny.  He made you what you are because he needed you to be exactly as you are.” Garry says, “When an individual has the eye of the tiger, their presence often makes others feel uncomfortable. We are talking about an individual who knows who they are.  Most people follow norms that society has set for them. They listen to philosophy after philosophy until they find themselves passing through life without rime or reason.  They simply take whatever life gives them.  When they come in contact with an individual who has listened to God’s urges and tried their best to become the best that they can be at being themselves, the onlookers get nervous.  The person that they are looking at is just a little too sure of himself or herself.” “This makes a worldly person extremely nervous because it’s like looking into a mirror and not liking what they see.”  However, with you, it is different.  “When you come in contact with one who has the eye of the tiger, you will see it.  You will have an instant respect for them because you are from the same stock.”  Garry also says, “Look third to be evenly yoked.”  “Do not harness yourselves in an uneven team with unbelievers; how can uprightness and law-breaking be partners, or what can light and darkness have in common? .How can Christ come to an agreement with Beliar and what sharing can there be between a believer and an unbeliever? .The temple of God cannot compromise with false gods, and that is what we are -the temple of the living God.  We have God’s word for it: I shall fix my home among them and live among them; I will be their God and they will be my people.” _Stay free to love,  “Don't place heavy burdens on yourself or your constituents.  Society does enough of that.”  "They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people's shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them?" “God expects us to enjoy all of the gifts that he gave us. Especially love.” “He created the world and all that is in it for the free enjoyment of man.  He made man in his likeness and gave us the emotions that cause good feelings.” “_Don’t feel that you are being tested,” for Garry poses another question, “Is it God who tests man or is it men who put other men and themselves to test most of the time?” “God already knows who we are and he already knows the results before they occur, why would we think that he is always testing us?” “Never, when you are being put to the test, say, “God is tempting me”; God cannot be tempted by evil, and he does not put anybody to the test.” _Then a man stood up in the crowd and posed a question to Abraham. But Abraham what about our reputation, what shale people think when we us that word love in business, should we not be prudent and avoid their scrutiny? Abraham answered; Poor Garry says, “Don’t worry about what they may say.  Worry about what you do.”  In the scriptures, Paul says "For me everything is permissible; maybe, but not everything does good.  True, for me everything is permissible, but I am determined not to be dominated by anything."  Paul then goes on to say “Keep away from sexual immorality.  All other sins that someone may commit are done outside the body; but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.  Do you not realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you and whom you received from God?  You are not your own property, then; you have been bought at a price.  So use your body for the glory of God.” Poor Garry believes, “Love is from God, we should lift it up for all to see and not hide it under a basket,” and also, “They will think what they want and we can't do anything about that.  We should increase the flame even brighter when they lay their burdens upon our love.  We should be proud of our love and not be afraid to share it with others,” and also, “My dear friends, let us love each other, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.  Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is Love” _I tell you friends that if you have wisdom you will understand what I am about to speak; “Projects can be good or bad, depending on the desired results of the project participants.  If preformed with God's purpose, the project will always carry meaning.” “So if you look back on some of your accomplishments and see that they were vane and meaningless, you will suffer loss as you look back, but also look at the friendship and good that may have come from it.” “The good that you do will follow you,” as Garry says. “Purpose, is even harder to understand.  Do we serve the will of God, or God?  For our life to have purpose, we must serve mankind and share with them as Jesus teaches.  We can have purpose if we use the talents that God gave us to share Gods love.”  _What then about planning your dream, “Definiteness of Purpose,” is what Garry says, “You must believe it is why God created you.” “Describe your major purpose in life” “In detail with meaning and definiteness of purpose” “Explain what you expect to receive and why you want it.” “Explain what you intend to give in return, because everything has its just cost.” “What motivating factors move you to take action?” “The motivators of life are Love, faith, sex, the desire for material wants, the desire for personal achievement and recognition, the desire for life after death, the desire for self preservation and the two negative motivators are revenge and fear.” Poor Garry says, you must “crystallize” your plan in detail, “You must expect that God is willing and able to give you aid.” “Separate the plan (crystallize it) into believable steps.” You also need others, for, Garry says, “You must expect God to guide others favorably.” “Share fairly with all whom your transactions affect.” “Give 10% net to those in need.” _Then it is time for action, “You must plant the seed, then give it to God, then steward the seed.” Poor Garry developed a plan; he believes that the plan, will “multiple explode across the country,” God willing.  Poor Garry uses “the mustard seed concept.”  All the members know, for, “He put another parable before them, “The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field.  .It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the biggest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air can come and shelter in its branches.” He also said, “this is what the kingdom of God is like.  A man scatters seed on the land.  .Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know.  .Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  .And when the crop is ready, at once he starts to reap because the harvest has come.” Garry says, “Dreams are what the members of the plan, work on.” _What then about moving forward, how, you may ask will they work together when they are not accustomed to these things. Garry says, “The Key to action is belief.”  “You must first believe in yourself.” “You must also believe in the members of your team.” Although Jesus tells us that man will always disappoint you.  “You must believe that the holy spirit will lead you as a team and overcome the individual disappointing selves that you are.” Garry also believes “It is what you do on the side that counts.” The “member is expected to maintain their family security by keeping their job and holding their situation at bay,”  Garry also says, “Together, your team earns the extra needed to succeed with a constant focus on true goals.  Your team develops ideas, designs plans, defines goals and work together for achievement and stability” “With people from all walks of life, and as many dreams as God has created,” and also, “have unlimited growth, as they grow, and multiple explode, as they multiply.”  _What then must you do, you may ask, “You must be involved and open:” “You must be committed:” “You must be active:” “You must be motivated:” “You must continually gain education:” “You must be persistent:” “You must be willing to share:” and the truth of all this is that it may only be a starting point.  The point from which, God’s faith through you, will another dream evolve.  A dream that is so perfect and so you, that your life will have true meaning as long as you may live. _Thus the old gentleman ended his harangue.  The people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and immediately practiced the contrary, just as if it had been a common sermon for the exchange opened, and they began to buy feverishly.  I found the good man had thoroughly studied “Paradox” and digested all I had captured on these topics during the course of my life. The frequent mention he made of me must have tired any one else; but my vanity was wonderfully delighted with it, though I was conscious, that not a tenth part of the wisdom was my own, which he ascribed to me; but rather the understandings that I had received from wise men and scripture. However, I resolved to be the better for the echo of it; and though I had at first determined to buy stock that day, I went away, resolved to stay out of the market a little longer.  Reader, if thou wilt do the same, thy profit will be as great as mine.

 

  I am, as ever, thine to serve thee.

 

Garry L. Marshall