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I found these from 3 posts by Neil Gaiman. They are my wishes for myself as I step into my 31st year of life:

From 2004
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May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

From  2008
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I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be,  be wise, and that you will always be kind

From 2011
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I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
It’s been a great 30 years. Lots of mistakes, lots of learning, lots of tears, and joy and pain and love and so much life.
Here’s to an even better 30 years to come.

i dreamt i was running through the forest
lost in the thick of the unknown
no idea where i was
no trails to follow
no way of getting back

i dreamed i was drowning
that i couldn’t breathe
that the walls were caving in
i was being crushed on every side by the waves
all sight of dry land was gone

i dreamt i was bleeding
not just a scape, but an open wound
surrounded by a pool of crimson
the blood gushing in neverending streams
as my heart gave one final beat

i dreamt i was alone
i dreamt you were gone
i dreamt you had left
i dreamt i’d never see you again
i dreamt…

and then you reached out your hand
and i knew i was safe…
i knew i was home

I was at the book fair the other day and found a copy of The Prayer of Jabez for $2.99. I’d completely forgotten about that book. Which is odd considering how popular it was ten years ago. Seemed like everyone had a copy of that book. Or the Bible study. Or the journal. Or the workbook or the copy for teens or women.

It was quite the industry really, and the reasons for it were pretty apparent. Say a little prayer, and God will bless you in abundance. It almost seemed too good to be true, but there it was. There was even a verse to back it up.

I never bought a copy. Didn’t even buy the $2.99 copy at the book fair. Not because I didn’t (and still do) want to be blessed in abundance, but because once upon a time I said my own version of Jabez’s prayer without knowing it. The answer I got was a little different than his. And though that prayer was uttered at years ago, I still remember that conversation between God and me.

It was like this:

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“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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so I have this friend. he took a risk. he decided that instead of doing the 8 – 5 office thing he’s gonna follow his dreams and do what he loves. there were a lot of naysayers ofcourse, but he decided to follow his heart instead of listening to them. his plans didn’t work out, which sucks, but i’m so super proud of him for taking the risk.

“Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure.” – Author Unknown

a lot of people will inevitably cry out “we told you so”, but one thing i’ve realised about those people, they are the ones who haven’t taken any risks. they are the ones living a miserable life because they decided to be safe instead of risking to fulfill their dreams. they’ll never know what it’s like to live the adventure. they are so focused on security that they miss happines. they miss life.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon

i bet all those people saying no in the beginning were all wishing it was them doing it. they were secretly wishing that they had put off the chains and jumped over the boundaries society put on them – but they kept telling themselves they couldn’t do it; it was impossible – and seeing someone else doing it made them realised that it is in fact possible. so now that he failed, they feel justified in not doing anything, they feel justified in living a wasted life cos hey, it probably would have failed anyway.

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

but unless you try – whether trying leads to success or failure – you will never really know what you are capable of; you will never know what dreams you can reach; you will always live out the story others have written for you. as Joshua Davidson said: “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H. P. Lovecraft

i want to take risks. i want to write my own story. i wanna be the “young fellow who steps up to the great bully”. but i keep holding back because of fear of the unknown. not knowing what’s around the bend is too scary.

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i will close off with one of my favorite quotes i’ve used a few times before on this blog:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson

short and sweet today…had something else planned for yesterday but then never got around to posting it…will get to why on friday…normal thursday blog will be up later today…

without further ado…

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I hardly ever dream…well, actually according to experts I dream every night, i just don’t remember the dreams…but in June I had this one really good dream…in July I had the same dream from a month before 3 nights in a row…in August (this month, the last 2 nights infact) I had the same dream again…well, no, it was not the same dream but kind of a continuation of the previous dreams…and i remember everyone of them…interesting to say the least…

now, i would say those dreams were good…seriously – I woke up happy on all those occassions…and then when fully awake, i realised that it was all a dream and it will never happen in real life. And that wasn’t good…not good at all…pretty sad actually.

so what makes a good dream…one that makes you happy while you are dreaming, or one that leaves you happy when you wake up?

i wish dreams came true…well, the ones i choose to come true…like i wish i could pick and choose which ones i want to come true…and i guess you could work at making them come true, but sometimes they depend on other people and so you don’t actually have a say in whether they come true or not…i digress…

Anyway, yesterday someone said [speaking about God] “He dreams dreams for you”…bam! I was super stoked…and i know God doesn’t sleep so I know it’s not the while sleeping kind, but He has dreams for me…he has included me in his kingdom plans…He dreams dreams for me, and his dreams for me are so much bigger and better than anything I could ever dream up! Now that’s a good dream!

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