Sleeping Through The Storm
It was spring， in western America， the weather was getting warmer. There was a young man who went out to find a job on a farm. He came to a small farm， which belonged to an old farmer and his wife. He told the farmer he wanted to apply for a job as a farmhand. When the farmer asked for his qualifications， “What can you do， boy？” The young man said， “I can sleep when the wind blows.”
This answer quite puzzled the farmer and his wife. But he looked honest and reliable， so the couple liking the young man decided to hire him.
Two months passed and the young man had worked well on the farm， nothing unusual.
One night， the farmer and his wife were awakened by a violent storm. They quickly began to check things out to see if all was secure. They found that the shutters of the farmhouse had been securely fastened. A good supply of logs had been set next to the fireplace.
The young man slept soundly.
The farmer and his wife then inspected their property. They found that the farm tools had been placed in the storage shed， safe from the elements. The tractor had been moved into the garage. The barn was properly locked. Even the animals were calm. All was well.
The farmer then understood the meaning of the young man's words， “I can sleep when the wind blows.” Because the farmhand did his work loyally and faithfully when the skies were clear， he was prepared for the storm when it broke. So when the wind blew， he was not afraid. He could sleep in peace.
Grow Great By Dreams
The question was once asked of a highly successful businessman: “How have you done so much in your lifetime？”
He replied， “I have dreamed. I have turned my mind loose to imagine what I wanted to do. Then I have gone to bed and thought about my dreams. In the night I dreamt about my dreams. And when I awoke in the morning， I saw the way to make my dreams real. While other people were saying， ‘You can't do that， it isn't possible，’ I was well on my way to achieving what I wanted.” As Woodrow Wilson， the 28th President of the US， said: “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers.”
They see things in the soft haze of a spring day， or in the red fire on a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die， but others nourish and protect them; nourish them through bad days until they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.
So please， don't let anyone steal your dreams， or try to tell you they are too impossible.
Sing your song， dream your dreams， hope your hope and walk on your own way.
The Brilliant Lessons Of Michelangelo
The artist Michelangelo often stirred up the opposition of the contemporary artists of his day. Many of them envied his magnificent abilities. One example was the architect Bramante.
Pope Julius retained Michelangelo to build him a splendid tomb. Michelangelo gladly accepted the project and spent eight months in a marble pit personally cutting and selecting the most perfect stones. When he returned， he found the pope had second thoughts. Bramante had turned Pope Julius against the project. The Pope cancelled it.
Later the idea for another special project entered the Pope's mind. Bramante saw the project as a time consuming trap for which there would be little public recognition. Bramante recommended Michelangelo for the job.
The great artist saw the trap. He knew what Bramante was up to. He wished to turn the project down but did not want to refuse the Pope's request. So Michelangelo went to work. He spent many years doing the slow and tedious labor the project required. It was the Sistine Chapel.
The inspiration that flowed through Michelangelo can likewise flow through any human being. That is what inspiration wants to do. It cannot be stopped. It is a living， powerful river that easily circumvents all obstacles.
Michelangelo collected his inner forces for a complete victory. Likewise， we must not fear to face the trickery of some people and expose it for what it is. This is not negative， but intelligent protection and spiritual perception.
In his many books on inner development author Vernon Howard refers to Michelangelo several times. He quotes him as saying， “The more the marble wastes， the more the statue grows.” And， “I released the statue from the stone.” He chiseled away all that was unnecessary， and David emerged.