Dominic Balli, "American Dream"
It all started the first time someone asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” From then on, I began to think that my life was all about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. No matter how many times my mom told me: “Dominic Balli, the world does not revolve around you,” it was ingrained on my heart and mind that my life was all about me, my comfort, my success and my dreams. For so many of us the American Dream was all we were living for, and when the economy crashed a couple years ago... so did our dreams. I think it was then that so many of us realized that the American Dream was not all it was cracked up to be. No matter who you are or where you’re from, we can all become consumed with this “dream."
For me, these last couple of years were exactly opposite from most Americans. For the first time in my life, I began to experience the “dream” for myself, but it was much to my demise. The comfort and self-centeredness of that lifestyle crept in like a termite and began to consume my joy, my faith, and my purpose in this life. The reality is, this life is not about me and making something great of myself. True greatness comes when you can humble yourself and become the servant of all. My greatest joy and purpose in life is found in serving and loving my neighbor and my Maker. At the core of who I am, that’s what I want my life to be about, and when I dream that’s what I want to dream about.
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