"In your heart,
keep one still secret spot where dreams may go and
be sheltered so they may thrive and grow."
~ Louise Driscoll
Mmmmm....How do you nurture your dreams so they may thrive and grow up? I believe one way to do this is to create some real time and space for them within our daily living routines. And before you yelp that too familiar phrase, But I don't have time, read on....
Someone I read recently talked about not falling into the trap of thinking that a dream has to be a big 'all or nothing' pursuit. You know the idea that if we don't have lots of time to spend on it, we shouldn't even begin at all, that we should wait to do it when it's more convenient and we're less busy (not to mention all the other excuses we put forth as reasons).
It wasn't until after I'd shared with a friend that I have some book ideas forming in my heart that I realized... oh my... I'd fallen for that ole untruth. It seems I, too, was thinking it had to be an all or nothing scenario. And, alas, I had been choosing the 'nothing' route. Oh dear.... not good.
But then there was dear Matty encouraging me to find myself some writing time. In an email she said:
"Just get it on paper. Don't worry about how it reads right now. Thoughts. Words. Sentences, maybe. Even pictures. Just get it down! Make yourself a gift of 30 minutes or 15 or even 10 to do this... I know this book is in you wanting to be born. Won't you let it?"Talk about timing... certainly a now word and one I needed to hear! So I decided that I would give myself the gift of working on it for 20 minutes a day. That's all. Just 20 minutes.
And that's when I started imagining how I could make these few minutes a special time in the day. Kinda like when, years ago, I started a gratitude journal, and throughout the day I'd eagerly look forward to what I would include at day's end, like a goodnight prayer, in my burgeoning notebook.
So now, I started thinking about how I could create a writing interlude in my space, a time of day and a place where I would feel the freedom to just 'be' without something else tugging at me. And then to put thoughts. Words. Sentences. Even pictures on paper.
And, rather than use the utilitarian computer during this time, I would find a large pretty notebook and write (or draw) in long hand, with a pen in hand. Maybe I'd have tea in china, or sparkling water in a stemmed goblet, and perhaps keep a copy or two of the my old Victoria magazines nearby to browse for a minute or two to fan the inspiration of seeing words written by another 'writer'.
Ahhhh.... I was already getting excited! This writing event wouldn't have to be the school textbook grim, painful I've-got-to-get-this-done kind of work, but it was already taking on the flavor of an eagerly anticipated celebration. Talk about feeling nurtured. Invigorated. Audacious even!
So we're on our way... and we'll let you know how it unfolds....and Matty, here's a kiss in the breeze for being that loving friend (who by the way lives over at Lazy Bee Farm).
Back to my original question... how do you nurture your own dreams? Are you making even a little space in your life to taste and see that this is a good thing, so well worth pursuing?
Now, here's wishing you a dreamy weekend
and glimpses of heaven!
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