“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― J.K.Rowling.
It wasn’t all that long ago(or so it seems) that Ihad a daydream, which like most daydreams seemed unlikely to happen.While I wobbled alongin a rehab building on an indoor track, relearninghow to walk my mind wandered to a less dismal place. For motivation, I would imagine myself walking across the Brooklyn Bridge(my favorite) towardsamore joyfuland better place than my current reality. At the time walking at all was a feat, much less completing over a mile walk across an iconic bridge that was over 600 miles away from where I was. Just likehope can pull you out of a dark place; having a daydream can pull you forward towards your goal. It’s so important that you be around and supported by people who don’t find your daydreams to be preposterous. When you share your vision, it’s wonderful to be met witha vote of confidence, offers of help, or even those who treat it as a perfectly normal statement. Your dreams will have a harder time ofbeing borninto reality, if they’re planted in harsh soil. Therefore, share them with those that will encourage and help them to grow. Once I built up the endurance to walk a long distance, I then needed the funds to make the trip. Through an online fundraiser and with the help of a number of friends
and family, Iwas able toraise enough moneyto take the trip to Brooklyn. Not to mention ride Jane’s Carousel!
The supportnotonly financially, but emotionally helped bring a baby daydream to its full term reality. Withoutthe backing fromthe numerous people that believed in me, my daydream would’ve withered away.On my own I could not have reached my goal. This is proof positiveof how important it is to plant your dreams in fertile soil. The seeds born from your imagination, do best in supportive soil. Therefore,keep them safe from the thorny grounds of disbelief,negativity, worry anddoubt. Iam very fortunate to have had so much support. It is because of that, I can now tell youI walked all 1.1 miles of the Brooklyn Bridge with those very same supporters. Of course I had to leavea memento, so I made my own love lock(see here) for the occasion. Nothing is impossible my dears.
“The secret of genius is to carry thespirit of the child into old age,which means never losing your enthusiasm.” -Aldous Huxley.
Those of us who manage to hold onto our childlike wonder, become like amagnet,and light to others. It is with the simple joys of a child that life becomes and remains magical. Why is it that imagination(or creativity) is so often scoldedrather than fostered?It seems that the World is uncomfortable with the daydreamers. However, before We are able to do anything we must imagine it first. No great feat(personal or otherwise) has been accomplished by following the rules,playing it safe,orby thinking within the box. Unfortunately people like to see others fail, rather than flourish. Therefore, they try to negate thegrand ideas of dreamers. Whether it’s by telling you that you cannot accomplish something or children inschool(a rigid place) teasingthe often aloof daydreamer of the group.The more opposition you’re met with is a clue thatyour on the right track. Although, it’s unwise to be bullheadedand stubborn.At any rate, just don’t give up on your dreams.It is known that fear and doubt only serve to derail you,so ignore thosefalsedirections!Surround yourself with that which is good, and turn a blind eye tothe doubters.Life is far too short to waste any time withthe fears of someone else. Fillyour mind with encouragement and positive thoughts. It helps tremendously to fix your thoughtsonwhat istrue,honorable,right,pure,lovely,and admirable(Phil 4:8). Personally I’ve found thatby just havinglovely thoughts and objects around me, it makes a difference. More recently I acquired an old 1960’s vanity, which I filled with lovely objects that lift my spirit,eitherwith memories or simply their aesthetic. We(family) refinished it back to it’s original splendor, and then I proceeded todecorate it with what makes mefeel good(see below). Some people create shrines to a specific God,but I think it also worthy tocreateashrine to all that makes you feel good(an idea here)whether, you choose a physical collection of objects, or a vision board you cannot go wrong. Before something can manifest in the physical, it’s imperative we visualize it,and this is why imagination is so vital to the human experience. Dear friends,don’t be swayed by the cares of this world,because if youlet it,it will choke the dreams from behind your eyelids. Therefore, keep your eyes seton the sky above,and shoot for the moon!