Are you nourishing your something?
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can reach up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead. – Louisa May Alcott
The black and white equation
The world of reality is colored in layers of black and white. It is so for us today as it was for Wilbur and Orville Wright, who saw one phase of their dream come to life after their 1902 glider success. The brothers didn’t stop with the glider though; they held on to their ‘something’ until they had successfully made their four brief flights with their first powered aircraft. And in doing so, consumed with passion and leaping through incredibly big hurdles, invented for us the first successful airplane.
You know the story. It couldn’t have been easy.
Reality has its limitations, whereas the world of your imagination is without limits. And precisely because it’s boundless comes the seedlings of a reality that’s longing to get out.
These brothers did not have the ‘proper’ education, nor the skills, nor the credibility to be ‘recognized’ as genius inventors. What these two guys had though, was a couple of friends willing to help.
“That’s what friends are for.” – Title of song written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager.
Then they had to convince people who had the proper education, the skills, and credentials. Furthermore, their process and ultimate success were fruitful not because of their ‘learned’ knowledge but because of their desire to search the unknown using some ordinary ‘practical’ intelligence and a dream that just wouldn’t go away.
And then the color equation changes: Black and white and hazy; with hazy being the color of dreams.
So, I dare ask you, what are your dreams? And remaining in the topic of dreams, another question: Are your habits defining your dreams? However small or absurd they may seem to others it’s up to you to find a way to balance between your dreams and habits.
And the way to find that balance is by making a conscientious shift in the energy you’re feeding your dreams.
Like everything, the energy; the meaning you give them nourishes them.
You get what you think about, whether you want it or not. – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.
See, thoughts are mental energy. Mental energy is like a currency, the means, with which you buy what you desire. And dreams – they arise from the thoughts in your head. Simple as that!
So doesn’t it make sense to give your dreams a valued place in your life?
And isn’t right now, the right time to allow your dreams to soak in the right amount of energy? Yes, it is because right now is all we got.
Start by believing in your dreams. Believing is Seeing. It doesn’t happen instantaneously every time but it does, and once the shift is initiated you’ve begun the balancing adjustment.
I’ve had a persistent dream of my own. One that lacked the ‘proper’ education, skills, and credibility to be ‘recognized’ as a Writer of books. This lack had held me back for years. But like the Wright brothers, I turned to my treasure cove of ‘friends’ to help me make my dreams align. I say, like the Wright brothers but in reality, it’s a little different in that my real and true friends are not on board with me here. These ‘friends’ I talk about today are new friends whose friendship I’ve been blessed with thanks to the timely invention of the internet. My lovely internet friends.
My dream has been to learn to write well and to one day become a decent enough pen-holder who strings ordinary words together. But I do not wish to stop there. I’ve always wanted to share my words for others to enjoy.
Allow me a short detour
Let me tell you something that happened to me recently. So you know I have a writer’s group where I’m actively practicing the trade. In this group we have new members join us all the time. Now some of the people who’ve been there with me for a while have gotten used to the vocabulary bracket in which I write. But one new lady, an older lady made the comment that the words I used in my writing were way below her level.
“Too childish, immature,” she told me.
That was a very good observation on her part. But then she added that she had no intention of looking me up again because she did not want to read my grade-six stories.
Should I be offended do you think? Well, I’m not. I write women’s fiction and, no offense to my real friends, but my real friends, who are not avid readers, are the avatar I’ve chosen for my stories.
I sent out my first glider
This dream of mine has found an outlet. And though the time I dedicated was much shorter than it was for the Wright brothers, between December ’18 and March ’19 I was hard at work toiling away to get some things right. I got some things right but I learned even more, mainly that I need to improve my formatting skills and more.
But that aside, like the Wright brothers, I’ve sent out my first glider into the world.
The Wright brothers and their friends were ridiculed; I’ve been ridiculed. But that is perfectly okay with me. I’m not going to let that kind lady sway me. Right now I might write at a grade six level but grade six is still good for me and my friends.
Incidentally, about that glider, last month I published my first short story on Amazon and you can be sure that there will be more gliders. And who knows, perhaps one day, more six-graders will want to imitate me.
I see great hope in that.
THANKS FOR READING. KEEP YOUR DREAMS ALIVE.
I Wish You Miracles, Selma.