Wednesday, 1 August 2012

To Dream

It seems to me there was a time when dreams and aspirations occupied a very personal place in our adult lives. They were things we held close. Often, we clutched them so tightly, they formed the kernel of our being, cushioned by the soul and driven by the heart. It was a time when, against all odds, a dream usually remained a dream, still prized and treasured even when unfulfilled.

Butterfly mask by SW

Today, I hear people airing their dreams on a daily basis, declaring their innermost imaginings out loud, scattering pieces of their plans like so much conversational confetti. Ironically, it’s usually those who have the least realistic prospect of realising their dreams, that air them most convincingly. It’s a shame, on so many levels, to witness that which is so precious being downgraded to mere wishful thinking. Once your secret hopes and goals are out, the box they came in is filled with the much less durable sense of expectation.

Yet, when a child recites a ‘wish list’, we are entranced. Our spirits are lifted and we’re reassured to know that they have the ability to hold the seeds of dreams. Then we pray that they don’t let go too soon, or too easily.

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  1. The butterfly mask is wonderful, the colours very exotic. Yes, best not to be too open about your dreams - keept them close to your chest and treasured.

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    1. SW had a lot of fun making the mask. I love the bright colours, too. With regard to dreams, yes, that's the way I prefer to hold them.

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  2. I love the mask - it is really beautiful and so cheerful - the work of a happy child :-)

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    1. Thanks Teresa. It is beautiful, isn't it? And when she showed it to us, she was smiling from ear to ear.

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  3. That's a better butterfly than I could DREAM of making!

    The world would be a scary place if my dreams came true!... it's interesting how the weird stuff of the night shares a word with conscious aspirations, isn't it? The two are not at all similar in my experience...

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    1. I've had a go, but don't always get the symmetry right.

      No, the dreams we experience during sleep, rarely get replicated in hopes and aspirations. Not only would that make the world a scary place, but would provide countless moments of acute embarrassment, too.

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  4. If they're not sharing their dreams or telling us about their 'journey' they're busy wearing their hearts on their sleeves and, I'm sorry to say, turning on the waterworks. Give me the honest opinion of a child any day.

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