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In a recent post I wrote about making every day count because life is precious and we never know when it might end. Today I came across this song by Priscilla Ahn entitled Dream. Priscilla has managed to sum up the point I was trying to make only she does it a lot more succinctly. She says:

I lived it full and I lived it well, there’s many tales I’ve lived to tell.
I’m ready now.

Here are the lyrics for the whole song …


I was a little girl alone in my little world who dreamed of a little home for me.
I played pretend between the trees, and fed my house guests bark and leaves, and laughed in my pretty bed of green.

I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest swing.
I had a dream.

Long walks in the dark through woods grown behind the park, I asked God who I’m supposed to be.
The stars smiled down on me, God answered in silent reverie. I said a prayer and fell asleep.

I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest tree.
I had a dream.

Now I’m old and feeling grey. I don’t know what’s left to say about this life I’m willing to leave.
I lived it full and I lived it well, there’s many tales I’ve lived to tell. I’m ready now, I’m ready now, I’m ready now to fly from the highest wing.

I had a dream

What’s your dream; for yourself and for your life? Have you taken the time to record it somewhere? Do you have a dream journal, for example?

By moving your dream from something that is only in your thoughts to something more tangible that you can see, it is more likely to become real. Remember that a goal is merely a dream with a deadline. Lucia Capacchione in her book Visioning talks about this at length and provides practical advice as to how we can use a pair of scissors and some glue to achieve our goals.

One thing that all Visionaries have in common is that they practice making “thoughts become things.” They cultivate their creative ideas like loving gardeners. And they have faith. They don’t have to keep digging the seed up every five minutes to find out if the plant is growing. They germinate ideas and trust the creative process.

In addition, visionaries are committed to taking all the steps necessary for giving birth to their creations. Their attitude is: whatever it takes … they face doubts, fears, rejection, disappointment, delays, and other obstacles that everyone faces in life. Yet, they hold true to the creative idea, knowing that sooner or later it will take form in the physical world. Some gestation periods are longer than others. One idea may take twenty years to hatch, another may take twenty days. The creative thought is the thing. Nurture it, charge it with energy and enthusiasm, and the world will be drawn to it as to a magnet.

Lucia Capacchione (2000). Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., pp. 26-26

As an aside, I was fortunate to attend a workshop with Lucia Capacchione back in June when I attended the Journal Conference in Denver organised by Kay Adams. This was a dream come true for me. Firstly, to be able to attend a conference in the United States devoted to journalling with people I know only through their work. Secondly, to attend workshops and meet women and men whose books I have used in my teaching and my personal development. Making this dream come to fruition pushed my husband and I to the limit in some respects. However our determination and sheer grit paid off. The extra bonus was that our daughter who is currently living in London joined us for the trip and together all three of us visited friends in Texas. At the beginning of the year none of this was even a dream, a goal or a possibility.

Dreams can come true but not on their own. We need to do our bit. We play a major role in the whole process of turning dreams into realities.

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