Saturday, February 25, 2012

I Am A Dreamer

"Be careful what you water your dreams with.  Water them with worry and fear and you will produce
weeds that choke the life from your dream.  Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success."  - Lao Tzu

We all dream......and I think when we are young, we do water them with optimism and solutions.
As the years go by, and maybe the dreams take too long to come true,  the worry and the fear
begin to feed the weeds.  We start to doubt our dreams,  and the fears of failure, of ridicule haunt us.
We think maybe our dreams were childish or foolish and we put them aside.

The years go by, and our dreams fall by the wayside...... occasionally they may surface, but usually we just push them away.......the weeds have taken hold.  But maybe, just maybe, we think of them, we see them and remember them.  And if we are lucky,  we grab hold, we find the solutions and optimism is reborn......and we cultivate our dreams.

The dreams I had when I was young,  I realized that they  might not all come true, the way I had originally dreamed, but variations have .   Without dreams, what drives create, to inspire,
to pursue.  Sometimes our dreams are our saving grace, that tiny thread we hang on  to when the storms of life rage.

I am proud to say I am a dreamer, now and always have been.  There have been times I have surrendered to worry and fear, and my dreams were hidden by the fog of doubt.  But thankfully,
I never let go of those dreams, I did hang on to them, and it is those dreams that keep me pressing on.  Some of the dreams have changed through the years, but so has my definition of success.

Tonight, if your dreams are choked by the weeds, covered by worry and fear.....remember them
the way you first dreamed them......hang on to them, let them manifest in their variations and enjoy your dreams now.  Maybe you won't be a famous artist, but you can still paint.  You might not be an astronaut, but you can study the stars.  You may never be a well known author, but you can write.  Dreams appear for a reason, don't allow them to die.


  1. I so agree with your last sentence, it is worth reflecting upon!

  2. It seems to me we need dreams - something to work towards, whatever it may be. We all need something to look forward to and hope for.

  3. An uplifting post, Jilda. Thanks. I always remind myself to see everything under a positive light. It makes a world of difference. There is always a creative possibility behind every obstacle, every challenge.

  4. As someone who is finally seeing a long time dream begin to come true, all I can say is Amen sister!

  5. I love it when my Mom talks about things she wants to do and dreams she still has..and she's almost 86. So it's never too late to dream and I hope I never forget that!

  6. It's only in the last few years that I've let myself dream again.

  7. Dreams are important without dreams we would have a pretty boring life and yes not all dreams will pan out but we need to keep dreaming and to allow our dreams to change with us as we grow and change........