December 2011 – The Value of a Dream

What happened to all those amazing dreams you had a child? Do you remember them?

You wanted to climb mountains, trek through the rainforest, sail a huge boat, plant your own garden, sing on broadway, etc. We had tons didn’t we. But as we grew up, many of those dreams faded. Some of those dreams held on though, and some are still with us aren’t they?

So what are you doing about them? Have you pushed your dreams aside claiming that they are unrealistic and buried them under a pile of excuses, “I don’t have enough money”, “I don’t have time”, “It just won’t work”, “I’m only setting myself up for failure”, “I can’t because I have children”, “People will talk about me”… Well just in case you forgot, we only live once, so if not now.. then when?

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them.

Henry David Thoreau

You see a lot of people think only about the achievement of a dream. But obtaining the goal is just a mere reward at the end; the real value comes in the journey.

I currently balance a full time career and my family along with my passion for art. I may never become a world renowned artist, I may never have an art studio, I man never be one of those artists that survives off of sales alone… but guess what? I’m living this journey as though that’s where I’m heading and I’m loving it. I’m doing it one step at a time, one day at a time.  I’m painting often, I’m sharing my artwork with everyone I can… the journey makes me happy. That in itself is greater than the final “reward”.

My focus may one day change and my dreams no longer be the same. But that’s ok, the important thing is that no matter what my dream is, I’ll try my best to work towards it. And I’m encouraging you to do the same! Live in the “present”

© 2011 Vanessa Turner
THE VALUE OF A DREAM
Medium: pastel
Size: 22 x 30 inches

I believe that a lot of us are living the lives we think we “should”. We’ve forgotten our dreams and the happiness they bring. We’ve forgotten that it’s ok to have dreams, and even more so, it’s ok to strive for them (in a responsible way of course, and leave room for disappointment, because that too is part of the journey).

If you are waiting for the right time, you could be waiting forever. Whatever you can do, do it now. Now is all you have to work with. Live for the present!

Iyanla Vanzant

When children come to you, wide eyed with huge smiles and share their dreams… believe in them! You might think that your child’s dreams are unrealistic, but take a step back and realise, that’s the negative adult inside you. Believe in children because they believe in themselves; and you may in fact be the only other support they have. When they see that you believe in yourself, it’s encouragement for them to do the same… And wouldn’t life just be far more worthwhile?

I dare you to have a dream!