How big are your dreams? Well, let me tell you how big the dreams were of the Ancient World.
Through their imagination and ingenuity we have what is known as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
1. These wonders include the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. It covers 13 acres and is believed to contain more than 2 million stone blocks that weigh from 2 to 30 tons each.
2 The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were located near the Euphrates River and it was believed to have planted gardens as high as 75 feet in the air on a huge square brick terrace that was laid out in steps like a theater.
3. The famed Greek Mythology god Zeus. It was 40 feet tall and richly decorated with gold and ivory.
4. The original Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was located in a Greek port city and it along with several other temples were made of marble. It was torched and later rebuilt and the new building was surrounded by marble steps that led to a more than 400-foot-long terrace. Inside stood 127 60-foot marble columns and a statue of Artemis.
5. Located in what is now southeastern Turkey, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. This massive tomb was made entirely of white marble and it is believed to have been 135 feet high. The first layer was a 60-foot base of steps, with a middle layer of 36 iconic columns and a stepped, pyramid shaped roof. The tomb laid at the top of the roof with a 20-foot marble rendition of a four-horse chariot.
6. The Colossus of Rhodes, a bronze sculpture of the Sun God Helios that was 100 feet tall.
7. The Lighthouse of Alexandria was located o a small island called Pharos near the city of Alexandria. Ancient coins state that the structure had three tiers: a square level at the bottom, an octagonal level in the middle and a cylindrical top.
In 2007, this list was reviewed and the New 7 Wonders Foundation stated that The Great Wall of China, The Taj Mahal in India, Petra in Jordan, The Colosseum in Rome, Italy, Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the Chichen Itza in Mexico, and Machu Picchu in Peru.
Think about the pressure the artist was under to erect these structures for possibly loved ones, rulers, or by force without the use of large machines, modern tools or surveying equipment. And now, in the present day, we have more than enough equipment to build the structures that were erected in those times. Instead of looking at structures, let's focus on us; our minds, bodies and souls.
It's time for you to prioritize your life and set goals for the direction in which you want to move. Set goals that have a purpose and are aligning with your special abilities and gifts as this will make your accomplishments meaningful. Thinking and planning small will get you those same results. Be like the artist who built the Seven Wonders and be uncanny, dare to imagine and build yourself up for all to admire and emulate. "Stop thinking like a chicken and spread your wings like an eagle." #SPEAK2MYHEART