Sing along… “I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain… *tralala*” – Lessons in resilience drawn from a West End Musical – This week’s Coffee with Colm Episode 201

I was in London visiting #1 son Steven and we considered going to a West End show but didn’t as time was short. However whilst browsing the possibilities, I saw that Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is making a return to The London Palladium in Summer 2020. My goodness – brings back memories…

Got me thinking.

Joseph was a dreamer. His family didn’t like that – “Who do you think you are?” vibe going on. “Don’t you know where we come from?” “We’re shepherds. Da was a shepherd. His Da was a shepherd. You’re a shepherd; that’s all you’ll ever be.”

Sound familiar?

Anyone around you asking similar questions? Drawing similar comparisons? Poo-poohing your dreams? Don’t mind them. Don’t listen to them. They may be caught up in their stories based on history; you don’t have to join them.

To find out what we can learn about dreaming, achieving and resilience from the story of Joseph, watch the video, listen to the podcast or read on for more…

When his brothers realized Joe wasn’t for turning they decided to sabotage his dreams and sold him into slavery (I trust that won’t happen to you but you’re getting the picture; they would do ANYTHING to maintain the status quo, so that they wouldn’t be shown up).

That must’ve been tough; seventeen year old kid excited about life and full of dreams to be bound and dragged off. But the Universe (or God) had a plan and it led him to Potiphar’s House where two things happened:

  1. He got to demonstrate his capabilities and very quickly rose to run the household – our boy was a worker and had the smarts
  2. Potipahar’s wife took a shine and tried to seduce him

The outcome? Prison. Again I’m assuming this won’t be part of your story, but the point is on multiple occasions his plans, hopes and dreams were thwarted and the situation appeared hopeless.

In prison he met Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and baker who had been cast aside for some transgressions. Joseph correctly interpreted their dreams in which the baker died and the cup bearer was reinstated. As he was leaving to go back to bearing Pharaoh’s cup, our hero asked him not to forget him, a request the elated cup-bearer duly forgot and Joseph languished in prison.

Then one day, Pharaoh had a dream. No one could interpret it, and the cup bearer, privy the conversations in the inner sanctum because of his position was reminded of Joseph’s abilities. He took a risk by speaking out in his favour soPharaoh sent for Joseph who quickly interpreted the two dreams, both of which pointed to seven years’ abundance followed by seven year’s famine.

Not only did Joseph interpret the dreams but he proffered a solution; “…appoint someone to use the seven years of prosperity to set aside grain for the famine” the classic, “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions” approach to getting ahead. Pharaoh was delighted and Joseph was appointed second in command; basically running Egypt. He was 30.

Roll on a bunch of years and the brothers came a begging and the truth came out. There was a family reunion and I’m sure the brothers said “We knew you had it in you…”

Back in the day however they had intended to thwart his dreams, but every move they made backfired and Joseph rose to fulfill his destiny.

What’s that got to do with you and me? The Universe had Joseph’s back and it has yours too.

Joseph had a destiny, a job to do. You have a destiny, a job to do that only you can do. Your brother can’t, your sister can’t; only you. And so have I.

What is yours? No idea. What is on your heart? Where are you being led? Go with the flow but expect opposition from people who don’t understand your destiny. Most won’t oppose out of badness, but perhaps they will out of genuine love and concern not wanting to see you get hurt – although there are likely some who are envious. Regardless, don’t listen to them. Be respectful, thank them and move on. As the saying goes, “A man of integrity expects to be believed and when he’s not, he lets time prove him right.” God’s delays are not God’s denials. A great work requires a great and careful training. Joseph was 30 when Pharaoh promoted him and 17 when he was sold into slavery – there’s 13 years right there of remaining steadfast despite the significant evidence to the contrary.

I always say life has a way of throwing obstacles in  your way to see are you serious about your vision, are you worthy of it. Are you being tried right now? If so, good. They are growing pains you are feeling. Hold firm. Redouble your focus, get back in flow and then have patience to see it though.

And remember, Any Dream Will Do…

Right. All together now…

I closed my eyes
Drew back the curtain
To see for certain
What I thought I knew
Far far away
Someone was weeping
But the world was sleeping
Any dream will do
I wore my coat
(I wore my coat)
With golden lining
Bright colours shining
Wonderful and new
And in the east
(And in the east)
The dawn was breaking
And the world was waking
Any dream will do
A crash of drums
A flash of light
My golden coat
Flew out of sight
Colours faded into darkness
I was left alone
May I return
(May I return)
To the beginning
The light is dimming
And the dream is too
The world and I
(The world and i)
We are still waiting
Still hesitating
Any dream will do
A crash of drums
A flash of light
My golden coat
Flew out of sight
Colors faded into…
Did you enjoy that? Bring a smile to your face? It did mine 🙂


Thanks for thinking with me.

Yours truly.


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