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Imagination and Dreams – NOT a fool’s paradise!

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”   Bob Goddard 

What wonderful moments in time were the ones which were painted with the fabricated “Goody-goody” fairylike stories of life and the set of neat rules to lead it, which our older generations had told us.That: Life is easy as a pie – say no evil, do no evil, hear no evil, follow truth, honesty, generosity, justice, sacrifice, honor, faith….If so, it equates to a world with righteousness, peace, tranquility, humanity, colors, flowers, butterflies, rainbows in short beauty!The storybooks seemed so real, we believed that we had acquired some sort of magical potion to control life, and anything that’s in it.Cartoon characters were so full of life, genuine, as if we’ll reach out and catch them, and transform into them.We believed in the fantasies of the books and the screenplays and we believed in our own vivid imagination which was being woven with the most placid of all emotions and thoughts.For us, life was a picture perfect!

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Our eyes had never seen the harsh realities of life.We though of ways to climb the rainbow, jump on the clouds, discover the magical lands in our closets, and riding the old brooms in our houses hoping they might start flying lolz….Actual life, although poles apart, seems far more unattractive, strenuous, difficult.We were raised on the verge of hope, of a beautiful world far and beyond what older generations could create for us, but what they wished for.Our generations, sat crying out loud on their failure, and in return failed ourselves in doing the same.Now we don’t even have the time to sit back and dream because we have filled our lives with hustle bustle and immense efforts to survive.They transfered their dreams and visions to us, which we considered burdens – a punching bag.We are literally beyond bounds taking a shot at them every now and then,but the disappointment outraged.As a result, there are shattered dreams, low morale, and hopeless eyes, and no sense of direction.

Paoulo Coelho is no doubt one of my most favourite authors, because he sows the seeds of optimism.In his book The Alchemist, his bestseller and highly recommended by me if there are any who haven’t read it, he states:

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

The main charter of his book Santiago, a shepherd boy does so by going on a journey of his dreams.

We often choose not to dream at all, because we can’t bear to see them crumble, or because we lack the will to make them real.We let hopelessness haunt us.When we are young, we don’t know what dreams are, we just have imaginations, power to create images in our minds.When we saw a dream, we used to ask:”Mama, when did this happen?Why do i know it?”, and she used to say:”Honey, don’t worry, it was just a dream”.With the passage of time, our imagination drew colorful fancy images, which seemed fit to tie all up into a dream.As we grew older, the impressions of our dreams grew stronger, and so did the need to transform them.But some of us buried them deep within us, while some lost courage and hope to follow them, and let go.For some it was impossible to achive them in todays times.

In my childhood, i had a stationary box, with images from Disney’s “The Little Match Girl”, which is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen‘s story The Little Match Girl.The girl holding the matchsticks in her hand,with colorful flashes of light all around, and the colors and shine of which had all gathered in her eyes.She was beaming all over, with an aura of her dreams, which she still dare to dream in the darkest hours of her ending life.There was no impression of death, only the beauty of her sweet dreams.The color of one’s dreams can’t be more perfect, subtle, intense and spirited.In her eyes one could see the ultimate longing of her desires.While facing my academic endeavors, one look of her raised my enthusiasm.

William Arthur Ward, an American motivational and inspirational writer said a beautiful thing, which is so true:

“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.”

He also said:

“Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination.”

Similarly, in life, we need motivation.Charlie Chaplin, the famous comedian of the silent movies era, spent his life on streets after his mother’s illness and his father’s death. As a tribute to his works, his statues are placed in London, and Switzerland where he is buried.He faced the troubles of his life and still kept his dream alive of  becominga comic actor.With only miseries to experience, and laughter to sell, he once told about his dream during those distressing times:

“Even when i was in the orphanage, when i was roaming the streets trying to find enough to eat, even then i thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world.”

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Credits: Philip MacKenzie @http://www.photoshowcase.co.uk/

However, no one can dream without paying its price.Dreams when turned true need a bitter price to be payed, sometimes with sweat and sometimes with blood.With every dream comes a sacrifice, but it should not come in the way of dreaming, because the fruit dreams bear are reaped for generation and generations.Martin Luther King Jr. made a revolutionary speech called “I have a dream”, in which he stated his dreams for his people, America, and humanity.He gave up his life, but the whole world saw the fulffilment of his dreams and how they transformed us all as exalted human beings, with a broader sense of equality and justice for mankind.Similarly, sometimes we have to work till the last drop of sweat in order to accomplish our dreams, they have to be achieved as honor, no one gets them accomplished in charity.

The dilemma of todays human is that he/she has ceased dreaming, and has given up on achieving them.Life is just a rat race, following the same ‘ol routine EVERYDAY!We have created a world which suffocates us, we need to work everyday in order to carve in space for us, and it leaves us no time to carry out our ambitions because we are fighting for survival every moment.We have certainly raised the bar of our life’s standards, but in the process we have left our dreams so far behind on this road to progress and existence, that we can hardly see them.What’s important is to dream, whether of the past or future as per Bob Goddard sayings, because our past always motivates us to do more and inspires us, to be what we couldn’t be, and the future promises hope of the times to come, of what we can become.
Here is a peom by Eugene Field called The Dreams, it’s one of my favourites, read it and you’ll be transported into the land of your own times when you used to dream:

Two dreams came down to earth one night
From the realm of mist and dew;
One was a dream of the old, old days,
And one was a dream of the new.

One was a dream of a shady lane
That led to the pickerel pond
Where the willows and rushes bowed themselves
To the brown old hills beyond.

And the people that peopled the old-time dream
Were pleasant and fair to see,
And the dreamer he walked with them again
As often of old walked he.

Oh, cool was the wind in the shady lane
That tangled his curly hair!
Oh, sweet was the music the robins made
To the springtime everywhere!

Was it the dew the dream had brought
From yonder midnight skies,
Or was it tears from the dear, dead years
That lay in the dreamer’s eyes?

The other dream ran fast and free,
As the moon benignly shed
Her golden grace on the smiling face
In the little trundle-bed.

For ‘t was a dream of times to come–
Of the glorious noon of day–
Of the summer that follows the careless spring
When the child is done with play.

And ‘t was a dream of the busy world
Where valorous deeds are done;
Of battles fought in the cause of right,
And of victories nobly won.

It breathed no breath of the dear old home
And the quiet joys of youth;
It gave no glimpse of the good old friends
Or the old-time faith and truth.

But ‘t was a dream of youthful hopes,
And fast and free it ran,
And it told to a little sleeping child
Of a boy become a man!

These were the dreams that came one night
To earth from yonder sky;
These were the dreams two dreamers dreamed–
My little boy and I.

And in our hearts my boy and I
Were glad that it was so;
He loved to dream of days to come,
And I of long ago.

So from our dreams my boy and I
Unwillingly awoke,
But neither of his precious dream
Unto the other spoke.

Yet of the love we bore those dreams
Gave each his tender sign;
For there was triumph in his eyes–
And there were tears in mine!

Dreams are magical, they transport us to a place of their own, which is unique.Somewhere inside each of us is a desire to experience the dreams but we are reluctant.Let’s give up money-making for a day or two, lets forget about our status in this world, let go of our apprehensions and pack our bags to embark on the journey of our dreams, the paths we will follow will release us from our miseries, let’s show compassion towards ourselves sometimes, so that we are not answerable to our souls for enchaining them for so long, depriving them of what them could have become.
Our generations now have to teach the future generations the art to dream which is long lost.The pleasures that dreams give us, and the personal satisfaction we obtain while we are on our way to achieve them is matchless.No bank balance or heaps of property which every individual is after can replace it.It will be better if we accomplish our dreams to set an example for them, by making the world suitable for them to dream in.They should not carry the burdens of our incomplete unfulfilled dreams which aches and discourages them.We have no more excuses to calm them with.We cannot face them with the empty dreams we have, we need to build them brick by brick, as well as the dreams of generations before us, so that they move ahead with no stress to bear, into a world made worth living in with the power of our dreams and our ancestors.Let’s prove that we CAN build castles in the air, we CAN dream!

Here is a beautiful inspiration of a song, by a wonderful favorite band ABBA, called “I have a dream“…….let’s sink deep in to the beautiful melody and the revived will to dream:

Fortune Favors the Brave

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.”  Tom Krause

Life is beautiful, look around and you see beauty, happiness, smiles, rainbows, flowers, radiance,warmth!There are so many things waiting out there to seek our attention.But……our hearts and emotions are so much entangled in sulking over the shortcomings and burdens of life that they hardly find the time to look around and absorb all the energy around us which gives us the courage to face the hardships of our lives.

Not all of us are strong physically and emotionally.But we can always acquire it from others.Yes, strength and courage always comes from within, but generated from around us.Have you ever noticed ants?One day many years ago, i was sitting in my lounge reading a book, when i suddenly noticed a few ants dragging a vertical piece of food, into a really small horizontal hole in the wall, i got interested as i knew its never gonna go throught that hole.I closed the book and watched them closely.It took a group of them to take it close to the hole, it didn’t went through as i knew, but they kept on pushing it inside.I know they didn’t had the intelligence to break it and take it through bit by bit, but they didn’t stop believing in themselves.They were strong enough to go on and hope that it will happen eventually, even when it couldn’t!

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@http://www.sxc.hu/profile/ccrismp

There are thousands of events and things happening around us which i consider a signal of God, they happen at specific times just to make us realize what we should be doing.We look around and find things and people full of courage, not letting go easily, believing in their strength.These situations are a source of inspiration, and energy, and they occur so that we absorb that energy and gain strength in OUR lives to become enduring, survive all the storms and stand out.

Another source of power are the people in our lives who depend on us, and our loved ones.Whenever we think about being tired of fighting it out, we look around us and find them looking at us with hope in their eyes.It becomes impossible to abandon them.All of us should be thankful for all the love and loved ones in our lives, cause they are the ones which make us wanna keep on going.

Strength is what helps us fight short-comings and hazards.We need strength to face life with all of it’s difficulties and challenges.It is courage with the help of which we face life, and courage helps us to take the necessary risks in life,to take chances, to survive the tempest.Therefore both are essential.Strength is needed to attempt the impossible, and courage is needed to survive it.

How we develop courage and strength?When we are put through tests by life , we are involved in situations involving sorrow, setbacks, defeats, loss, trauma, we are constrained to face them.Have you all ever seen how a bird teaches her young ones how to fly?Flying is in their instincts, and nature has blessed them with the necessary parts to do so – wings!Similarly, i feel humans have courage and strength in their instincts. It’s already there somewhere, they simply need to find it and practice it.An Eagle first pushes its eaglets out of the nest, they try to flutter their wings and fly right back into it.Next, it pushes them from the edge of the cliff, and they spread there wings fluttering them vigourously.Some hit the ground hard and even die, some achieve perfection.Same goes for humans.We have strength but we need to gather it, find it, practice it during tough times.All the birds can fly, but only a few fly during storms and eagles are one of them.During storm, wind pressure thrusts their wings and they fly easily without much effort, soaring high above the clouds.Not all of us are eagles, but we can use our strength and intelligence to become one. Therefore, it implies, that although life is the one which puts us through difficulties, it also gives us the necessary strength to face them.Our beliefs, morals, values, aims, ambitions, dreams, vision, behaviour, intelligence,thoughts all contribute to acquiring strength.If we are able to find the strength within, we achieve excellence!Then we are ready to be pushed off any cliff, for we have acquired the art of flying and the rest is easy.To be aware of what we are, to stickwith it,and forbeing yourself, you need courage.To own up to your mistakes, drawbacks and weaknesses again courage is required.

Once we adorn us with bravery, it’s time to sow it around us.Words are the greatest form of strength, because they creep inside our hearts and minds and stay there forever.Whenever we are weak at the knees, we can peep inside and recharge us with valor.When we come across anyone who’s torn apart and needs courage to pick up pieces and reunite them, we should make them realize their strength, how they have faced dissappointments and grievances in the past, and that they have every potential to do it again.Give them examples of people who have successfully done it, give them books with courageous characters facing difficulties and yet not crumbling.Read to them motivational verses and poetry, share with them your own experiences when you came across catastrophe’s and the overcoming of it.Instill them with truth, cause truth gives rise to courage.The more true we are to ourselves and others, the more courage we have to face the adversaries and troubles in life.Always use words like “I can/You can/I will/You will” to become gallant and make others bold too.All of these little acts which don’t take much time and effort can cause immense amount of change in our life and in the lives of others.Courage is essential in eradicating the wrong, unfair, and negative social and global practices like discrimination, deprevation from basic civil and human rights, injustice, greed, corruption etc and to stand up and speak for them.It demands courage to stand for others and their rights.

This world is loaded with under-priviledged, down and out, surrounded with misery and loss, had few or no oppourtunities coming their way, but we see them everyday, surviving Life!They make life proud, and are a slap in the face of hardships.There are people who don’t have what we are blessed with,and still they don’t complain.That’s actually remarkable!They remain unnoticed throughout there lives, and yet are so inspiring, appreciatable!They cultivate strength and courage, and lead from the front!
Amongst those famous, there are many, like the influential iconic hero, Martin Luther King Jr., The revolutionary leader who fought till his death for the rights of African American people.His quote:”Long, Not Long!”, and his visionary speech “I have a dream” did and said it all, so much so that even after his death, his movement went on to suceed it objectives.There is Mother Teresa,a Nun and famous for her huge charity works.She once quoted:”Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies”.Another such story of courage and inspiration is the life of Helen Keller (1880-1968).I have always been so inspired by her, because she makes us humans so proud with her strong character.Her life, how she survived it, the people in her life who helped her, her writings all are a beacon of hope.I simply love one of her quotes:

“Keep your face towards the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.”

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@http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1306771

That’s what sunflowers do.They always hold their head high and look towards the sun,face to face, because it is there source of energy, and darkness falls behind them not infront.That’s why they are one of my favourite flowers, because they motivate me.They always remind me to stand strong and give me courage and hope.And they even look quite like the sun too.

Put a bunch in a vase, or grow in your garden or backyard and observe for yourself how they bring you and many others to life.Give it to all those who need strength and hope!

In the end i would tell you how the strength and preservance of the ants triggered compassion?I went on to help them.I took their food, pressed it inside the hole, and the ants did the rest themselves.It made me feel so relieved that day, a day which is spent with a little compassion spread around gives you huge amounts of self-satisfaction!

Here’s are two beautiful poems about courage, both by unknown poets.I hope you derive your share of courage through them:

It Takes Courage by Anonymous

It takes strength to be firm, it takes courage to be gentle.
It takes strength to conquer, it takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to be certain, it takes courage to have doubt.
It takes strength to fit in, it takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain, it takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to endure abuse, it takes courage to stop it.


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It Takes Courage Again by Anonymous

It takes courage
To refrain from gossip
When others delight in it,
To stand up for the absent person
Who is being abused.

It takes courage
To live honestly
Within your means,
And not dishonestly
On the means of others.

It takes courage
To be a REAL man or a TRUE woman,
To hold fast to your ideals
When it causes you
To be looked upon
As strange and peculiar.

It takes courage
To be talked about,
And remain silent,
When a word would justify you
In the eyes of others,
But which you dare not speak
Because it would injure another.

It takes courage
To refuse to do something
That is wrong
Although everyone else
May be doing it
With attitudes as carefree
As a summer song.

It takes courage
To live according
To your own convictions,
To deny yourself
What you cannot afford.
To love your neighbor
As yourself!