Tag Archives: Dream

Today, I Will Write

5 Nov

I used to say to myself: “I want to be a writer”, and this goal seemed so huge and complicated that it would paralyse me into passiveness. I now realise that the only way of creating what we want for the future is to put all of our love and energy into the present. So now, I simply say to myself: “Today, I will write”.

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“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid’. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.” ~ Will Smith

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Dreams are like Dandelions

27 Jun

It is said that if you make a wish and blow off all of a dandelion’s seeds in one breath, your wish will come true.

But have you noticed that there are always one or two seeds left clutching on?

And, have you ever thought about just how representative this is of making our dreams come true?

In order to make a dream come true, we need a lot of energy to make the necessary actions. We plough forward and our initial enthusiasm gets us closer and closer to our dream. In this way, we blow off most of the dandelion seeds in one go.

Then, suddenly, we come across a challenge – the dandelion’s two remaining seeds cannot be blown off with our first breath, with our first attempt.

We must pause.

With the dandelion, we use this pause to take a new, bigger breath, in order to blow with more energy than the first time round. With our dreams, however, we are tempted to stop altogether, because, unlike with a dandelion, we cannot see that there are only two seeds left to blow off, only one last effort to make.

All of the dandelion’s seeds will fly off if we give enough energy and if we persist when the seeds resist.

The challenges we face when realising our dreams are just like those seeds.

Chris Ratzlaff Photography

Take a deep breath and make your wish come true!

In the Stillness, I Remembered

10 May

Today, I stopped for ten minutes, and I suddenly remembered why I was here.

I stepped out onto the balcony, and, as the fresh smell of wet earth hit my nostrils, I realised that this was the first time in months that I’d paid attention to my immediate surroundings.

I stood in silence – smelling, listening, looking.

I smelt the earth, the grass, the rain, and I remembered that I am living in a place with abundant and beautiful nature.

I heard children laughing, birds chirping and a rooster calling, and I remembered that I am living in a place full of simple joys.

I saw clouds gliding slowly across a blue sky, and I remembered that I am living in a place of peace.

The trees were barely breathing and the magnificent sun lit up the remaining drops of rain on the leaves, giving the impression that all the trees were covered in jewels.

Ten minutes of silence, ten minutes of stillness – that’s all it took for me to remember.

For months I’d been unhappy, unfulfilled and confused. For months my thoughts had been on the future – on what I should and could do to be happier, on where I should and could go to be more fulfilled, on whom I should and could meet to see things clearer. For months my thoughts have been on vague plans, on vague people, on vague possibilities. For months, I have been seeking happiness and fulfilment everywhere but here and now.

And then today, I stood still in silence for ten minutes and I remembered…

I am here, in this place, because I wanted to be somewhere quiet.

I am here, because I wanted to be close to nature.

I am here, because I wanted to be near the sea.

I am here, because I wanted a calm life.

I am here, because I wanted to live simply.

I am here, because I wanted to experience all of these things with the person I love.

I am here, because it was my dream to be here.

Funny, how we forget such important things in the rush of daily life.

What will YOU remember in ten minutes of silence?

Believe Me, You’ll Like This Journey

18 Oct

I don’t want to. I’m tired.

You have to. At least twenty minutes.

I want to watch T.V. or draw.

When will you practise, then?

I don’t know. I don’t have any ideas.

Ideas don’t always fall from the sky. Ideas need time, patience and perseverance.

Maybe I’m on the wrong track.

You’re on the right track. You just need to keep at it.

It’s hard keeping at it on my own, with no one to guide me or help me. I feel stuck.

You’re not stuck; you’re scared. You need to take that first step, the hardest one.

Yes, I’m scared.

Of what?

Scared that I’m no good; scared that it won’t be how I imagine it to be; scared of sacrifice; scared of rejection; scared that I won’t have enough strength, determination, courage, hope, faith, patience, understanding, or love to make my dream come true.

Perhaps you need to look at your dream in a different way, to modify it slightly. Perhaps you are focusing on an aspect of your dream that doesn’t evoke positive emotions in you.

Well, I already feel guilty for trying to work on my dream. I feel selfish; I feel like I’m lucky or privileged, but in a bad way, because other people are unhappy and accepting things as they are.

Is that the only thing bringing up negative emotions in relation to your dream?

My dream is a creative project and creativity has never been taught, understood or considered as important in my family or my native country. It is only acceptable if the creator is perceived as talented or a genius. Otherwise, the respectable thing is to be productive.

So you feel ashamed of trying to realise your dream because a) other people aren’t doing so and are unhappy, and b) your family will disapprove of you ‘wasting your time’?

Yes.

Any other reasons for which you don’t want to give your dream a go?

I’m scared that my partner will be upset by the fact that I spend more time on my dream and less time on him.

If you start your days earlier, this won’t be the case.

I lack the will-power and desire to wake up earlier. I feel like it will make no difference, I feel like things will go on without me just the same.

You’re stuck in a bland routine. You need a new activity that will give you energy, drive and inspiration.

I’ll call about those volunteering positions tomorrow.

First thing?

At 10 am, when the offices open.

You need to realise that this is the opportunity you have been waiting for: a calm life, a flexible job and free time. With the plans you have for next year, this set-up isn’t going to last for long.

I’m just having difficulties in making that first step.

You have the idea, you have the desire, you have the time. You will also have support, love and understanding. Stop making excuses, stop putting it off.

As for ‘what others may think’, you learnt a difficult, but important, lesson about that several years ago. Are you going to let ‘others’ stop you in the pursuit of your dream, again?

You’re right. It’s like I’ve come full circle. I promised to myself that I wouldn’t let other people’s opinions make me abandon my dreams. Now I need to show that I truly meant it!

I think you don’t realise how much happiness fulfilling your dream will bring.

It’s never as hard as we think it is, right?

Exactly. It’s only the act of putting it off that makes it harder.

I have learnt that many times, including today.

I think I understand why I’m having trouble making the first step.

Why?

I want to make my dream come true for all the wrong reasons. I want approval, praise, attention, money, recognition, prestige and even revenge. I want to make my dream come true for what I will get from other people once the dream is realised.

But what I really need is to make my dream come true for myself; for the fun, for the pleasure…for the journey.

After all, it’s the journey that we remember, not the destination.

Please believe me when I say that you’ll like this journey.

I believe it. I know it. It will be a blast.

That’s the spirit! Still wanna watch T.V.?

Are you kidding? I’ve got a dream to realise!

A Test in Disguise

18 Sep

“This is a test,” I thought, as I came out of a particularly successful interview for the world’s most boring job. “This is a test to see whether I accept the first thing that comes along for the sake of financial security, knowing that I will hate my job from the first week and that I will be sacrificing my dream for it”.

When we set along the path to make our dreams come true, many things can hinder us and test us. Obstacles come in the way; some to slow us down and test our patience, others to challenge us and make us prove to ourselves and the universe that we are truly 100% set on making our dream come true. Some of these tests are very sly, camouflaged in the routine of daily life. Such as a job offer promising financial security.

“What effect will this job have on my life?” I asked myself on the way home from the interview. “I will be bored after the first week. I will be disappointed not to be using my skills and qualities. I will be frustrated not to be doing what I love, or even enjoy. This will often put me into a bad mood, and perhaps even depression. These negative feelings will cause serious problems in my personal life; I will be moody, jealous and unsatisfied. I will always be thinking that I am wasting time, when I could be spending this time doing something I love. I will put my dream on hold for another year. I will probably lose the faith and energy to start trying to make it come true once my contract with this company ends.”

And to think I was actually considering inflicting all of this upon myself by accepting the job!

Luckily, I realised that this was a test in disguise. Luckily, God whispered in my ear and told me to look at this ‘opportunity’ in the light of my dreams. By putting aside financial stability and by listening to the yearnings of my soul, I was able to get a clearer and truer vision of the decision at hand.

I thank You, God – both for testing and guiding me. I thank You for reminding me of the importance of my dream. I thank You for sending me back on the right path. And if there are others who stray, others who forget, others who do not notice the tests that come their way, others who come across obstacles, please, whisper in their ear, too. Please help them to remember their dreams.

Amen.