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copied from SIMPLE ABUNDANCE by Sarah Ban Breathnach
... without permission... I hope you don't mind Sarah I had to share this gem found on Aug 11 page. xo
Whatsoever you can do or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Today you realise how blessed you are. In secret you nurture the nascent dream - the Work entrusted to you for safekeeping - in the sancturary of your soul. In quiet moments you overflow with the excitement at the golden possibilities that stretch endlessly before you. Because happiness is the most difficult emotion to bear alone, you confide your dream to your partner, best friend, lover, sister, mother, children.
Their lack of enthusiasm hits you at point-blank range. The "for your own good" litany pours forth: you're too old, too inexperienced. You don't have the resources, the talent, the contacts, or one chance in a million to bring this dream to fruition. Oh, really? Consider the track record of your naysayers. How many dreams have they successfully brought into the world?
I thought so. Please be careful about confiding your sacred dreams, especially in the first trimester after creative conception - the period that Soren Kierkegaard called the "dreaming consciousness" prior to creation. A disgruntled dreamer is a risky mentor. Never seek somebody's advice if you even suspect you know what they'll say. You cannot afford to hear the negative tape again. Second thoughts have aborted more dreams than all the difficult circumstances, overwhelming obstacles, and dangerous detours fate ever could throw at you. Undermining your authenticity by succumbing to someone else's second thoughts is a sinister, subtle, and seductive form of self abuse. Few of us are immune to the opinions of others. We need to learn how to dispassionately assess advice, ponder the source, weigh the opinion. If the information is insightful and is something you hadn't considered, retain it. If it's discouraging, let it go. End your conversation politely but firmly. Better yet, in future, don't even start it.
William Hutchinson Murray, the leader of the Scottish Himalayan Expedition team that scaled Mount Everest in 1951, urges the dreamer in you to take a leap of faith: "Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. all sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way."
shared with love,
it resonated deeply with me...
so I thought it might with you too
I'm a great believer in giving back, and especially to those who are much less fortunate than myself. So this week I begin a new initiative on my website, whereby I will donate 10% of my print sales to a charity of the buyers choice. I have chosen four that I particularly like, sunnykids.org.au, kiva.org, CAREaustralia.org.au and the Salvos.org.au but I am open to suggestions of others.
I have contacted a few of them, and received very positive feedback, and some need various paperwork to be completed before a logo can be displayed. Being a creative type, I loathe paperwork, but for this good cause, I am willing to go the distance.
See my shop page for more details.
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