Last night, I had the urge to paint – just a tug at my heart to create a small canvas. The canvas front is a small whimsical girl with a bird whispering in her ear. I imagine that the bird is telling her to dream big and grow wings to make those dreams come true. It’s far from my best work, but it is from the heart and isn’t that what art is – speaking from the heart?
Although, you have to look to see the sides (as it is a deep canvas), I felt drawn to paint them, too. In dreams and in life, you often have to look deeper than the surface.The sides are glass bead gel with purple acrylic paint through a stencil and then sprayed with Dylusions Spray. Colorful, full of texture — that describes my dreams for 2014 and beyond.
A few years ago, a former co-worker introduced me to Rumi, one of the most influential Persian poets of the 13th century. His words speak to me on a deep level (Rumi’s words, not the co-worker, although he was a pretty neat guy, too) and I often find myself reading his words when I am going through a rough patch (or even a happy patch!).
The below quotes by Rumi encourage and inspire me to dream and work to make those dreams come true.
When I was a little girl, my big dream was to be an author. I pictured myself in a little cottage with a white picket fence on Nantucket Island (off the Massachusets coast) writing my days away. I imagined sipping coffee while looking over the water.
I loved to read (still do) and write (a bit rusty there now). I would write poetry, plays and short stories, but life has a way of taking it’s own course. I never did move to Nantucket or become an author, yet….
Many years later, I live about as far from a coast as you can in the US (in North Central Missouri)..but I’m writing this while sipping my coffee looking over our lake. One of my big dreams for 2014 is to write a book. Ok, it may be an e-book, but it is a book and I WILL write it this year. It’s never too late to go for those dreams. They may not take the same shape or form as the dreams you originally birthed, but they are out there for your reaching and it is NEVER too late.
What dreams do you hold in your heart? To open a business? To get paid for your art work? To write a book? Nurture those dreams. Write them down. Share your dream with friends and family. And then..make a plan to reach them. You will never regret having the courage to reach for your dreams..you will only have regrets if you never do.
Until next time..