I have learned that the world in our heads is too awesome to ignore; dreams and imaginations fuel our passions to live meaningful lives. When I grow up I want to be… is always followed by a person’s dream… I’ve never heard a child say yet, I want to be a failure. Our lives are amazingly resilient and fragile at the same time.
Most dreams are not selfish, but impactful. Most people want to make a difference in their own unique way and to leave the world a better place because they were here. It make take us reinventing ourselves many times during our life, but we can still make a difference in our world, which may be only a small part of the greater world at large. One voice when added to another, one act of kindness multiplied by many, can change a person’s world.
Words are powerful tools; for life or destruction, for dream building or crushing. I can encourage a person’s dream or destroy it in a matter of a few words. I’ve always been fascinated by how words have affected me. I’m a reader. Stories speak to me whether true or fiction. Art and music move me. I have the chance to see the world through another’s eyes if only for a window of time.
Maya Angelou said. “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”
Kind words have moved me forward when I was stagnant and abusive words have stopped me in my tracks. Books have inspired me to be better, kinder, and more aware of others in the world. There is no us or them, in reality it is only we. We all live on a huge rock spinning in space. It would be wise for us to find a way to get along.
“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world; worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet, or excite you.” ~Anne Lamott
I’ve heard it said that children with dreams become adults with vision. So dream all those wondrous dreams…I still do. My heart has roots but my mind has wings.