Fear is the Thief of Dreams…Gandhi ~


I was talking to a man-friend of mine about living life with no fear. We both agreed there is no other way to live. He believes “fear usually lives in things unfinished or never done.” I think timing can also play a key role in dreams or goals unfinished or never done. We need to stay tapped into our passion no matter how little time we have for it, keeping our dreams alive!

“Don’t dream your life, but live your dream” ~ Mark Twain

Do you ever wonder why you do certain things? Why do you connect so easily with some but not others? Why did you take Spanish out of the blue? Do you ever wonder how something you’re doing now is going to relate to your future? It’s all about connecting the dots. I often wonder what is the purpose of me writing? Its not for the huge paycheck. Here’s why ~

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else” ~ Gloria Steinem.

It’s about passion. I am passionate about love and life and write in hopes of keeping my passion for it alive. It’s all about sharing my passion and hopefully inspiring those around me while doing so. When you do what you’re passionate about you find what you are seeking in life, changing the energy around you. You can’t inspire others if you are full of regret because of things unfinished or never done. Even if your passion is a hobby, do it for the simple pleasure of doing it.

My life with no fear is pretty simple ~ live each moment open and honest sharing what life has to offer with those around me. I get inspiration from nature, in particular water. I can sit for hours in awe of its vast magnificence. It both calms and excites me. It has such power and peacefulness. Turbulent on top yet tranquil underneath where there is an entirely different world waiting to be explored if we just dip below its surface without fear. Dip below the surface of life and see what it has to offer. We often fear the unknown, yet our world is surround by it. “Fear is the thief of dreams” ~ Gandhi.

Music also inspires and stimulates my creative thoughts. Music opens me. It sends me back to where I’ve been and takes me to where I dream of being. It stirs my soul, balances my being and tunes my emotion.

Unique human beings also inspire me. I admire those who live outside of their comfort zone, very few have the courage to do so. I have only written about a few but there are many. I crave those who make me think and feel emotions that frighten me. I have the desire to write when emotions are stirred deep inside. Then is when I feel truly alive.

So if I were to be living my dream with no fear I would be gazing into a body of water with music in the air writing passionately about life and love, in the company of a man who stirs all of my emotions. Living your dream doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s about making memories and each moment count. It’s not about what you have, it’s about what you do with your passion.

When I saw the movie Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner I wanted to be her. A romance novelist on an adventure, in the end she finds her own love and sails away living her dream. I want my life to be filled with adventure, love and passion worthy of inspiring me to write. I want to write about real romance, not harlequin romance, real romantic adventure.

That’s MY Dream!

Life is what you make it. If you do what you love I think everything else just happens. Follow your passion.  Make your dreams a reality…jump!

I must be in tune with the Universe because this was the Postcard from Gusto this glorious morning…

Click to enlarge postcard….

 

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Her Imagical Power

“I’d love to write a book one day” she said.  “So would everyone else” he replied.

“I know she’s famous but I could see myself being friends with her one day” she said.  He laughed “So could everyone else.”

“One day I will earn enough money to buy ____________” she said.  He just rolled his eyes and walked away.

She had other dreams that she dared not say out loud.

She realized then that her dreams were worthless because apparently “everyone” has the same dreams. If that is the case then what makes her so special that she should be able to attain them when others far greater than her fail all the time?  She isn’t smarter than “everyone” she isn’t luckier than “everyone”.  How silly then to dream of such things.

She almost gave up on dreaming after that.  But then something boiled up from within her that made her want to yell “screw you!” She didn’t actually yell that, but she wanted to.  Instead she thought  “Wait a minute.  So what if no one but you believes in your dreams.  They are your dreams not theirs.  So what if they seem unattainable to others.  It’s more important that they feel attainable to you.”

It’s easy to give up when you don’t feel supported by others but dreams don’t happen because of other people’s beliefs, they only happen when you believe in them.

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win.” William Shakespeare

She learned along the way that life can be magical and the magic comes from our imagining.  If we can imagine something, we can create it.  She calls it her imagical power! We just have to want something badly enough, see it in our minds eye, feel it in every cell of our being and believe that it is ours.  It had worked for her in the past when she was younger but she had begun to worry that time had worn down her imagical powers.  Not so! It’s a universal power we all have for life but sadly for many it lays dormant.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire, you will what you
imagine, and at last you create what you will.”
George Bernard Shaw

She may remind him that her imagical power worked to bring him to her all those years ago. Or she may not say a word.  It really only matters that she knows the strength of her power and that she remembers to keep using it; regardless who believes or doesn’t believe in it.

“To believe in the things you can see and touch
is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen
is a triumph and a blessing.”
Abraham Lincoln

I couldn’t agree more Bill, George, Abe and Albert!

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The Truth About Power!

TracyI was reading ‘O magazine’ the other night and found a great article on ‘Power People’ that I found interesting and wanted to share with you.

Selected Power People were asked to finish sentences and here are a few examples.  Try to finish them for yourselves afterwards or even before you read what these Power Women have said.  There was a lot more to this article if you want to pick up O magazine to read it for yourself.

Elizabeth Lesser: Co Founder of the Omega Institute

I feel true power when…“I trust my soul’s voice. I feel peaceful yet strong, gentle yet courageous.
Too often people confuse power and …”Ego.
I feel least powerful when…”I am stingy, fearful, or unloving.”
When I need a power boost…“I place my hand on my heart, take a deep breath, and feel my connection with everyone.

Gloria Steinem: Writer and feminist activist

I feel true power when…“I hear someone say that anything I did or said or wrote helped to change her or his life for the better.
Too often people confuse power and …”Money for it’s own sake.”
I feel least powerful when…”I’m misunderstood or am watching people be invisible or humiliated.”
When I need a power boost…”I sit in a circle with (mostly) women who also are trying to create a world in which everyone matters.”

Stacy Schiff: Pulitzer Prize-winning author

I feel true power when…  “I unravel a problem to my satisfaction, which by definition means the problem was someone else’s in the first place.”
Too often people confuse power and…“Money, title, ambition, and a fancy address.”
I feel least powerful when…  “I’m in the presence of a new piece of technology- and it’s operating manual.”
When I need a power boost… “I double the caffeine, turn up the music, and head out for a run.”

Here are my answers:

Tracy Westerholm: Co Creator of Tara Cronica

I feel true power when…“My mind, body and soul feel balanced and I am living in the moment.”
Too often people confuse power and…“Wealth and Occupation.”
I feel least powerful when…“I have neglected my exercise routine and not connected with my circle of close friends who always make me feel grounded.”
When I need a power boost…”I call a girlfriend and if there is no answer I put on my ipod and go for a long run to clear my mind and energise my soul, it’s all about balance.”

Ask yourself these questions and see what you come up with.

Oprah ended the article with this and I couldn’t agree more… The secret is alignment: when you know for sure that you’re on course and doing exactly what you’re suppose to be doing, fulfilling your soul’s intention, your heart’s desire, or whatever you choose to call it. (they’re all the same thing) When your life is on course with its purpose, you are your most powerful. And you may stumble, but you will not fall.

Tracy

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Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!

You may have already seen this speech but it’s worth seeing a second time.  This is one of those inspiring video’s that leaves you feeling lifted!  I think it’s fitting being that Graduation is in the air!  I will attend my son’s Grade 5 farewell today, knowing that in a blink of an eye, it will be my Son setting out in the world to chase down his dreams!  All I can hope for is that he Dream Big ! Dreams are meant to be touched.

Graduation to me was a new beginning, an adventure.  Your life was about to begin.  You had been training for this moment for 12 years and the day has finally come.  Freedom!  Responsibility!  A chance to prove that you have what it takes to make a difference in the World.

Congratulations to all of you who have completed a goal in life that will stay with you forever, Education!

‘Education is Knowledge and Knowledge is Power!’

Tracy

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The Power of a smile

big smileI recently read a lovely comment about how offering a smile to someone was like blowing them a kiss from your soul.

I wish I could remember the exact quote but it certainly made me smile when I read it.

Later that day while I was out running some errands, I watched a few people smiling at each other and the reactions they received. Whoever was offered a smile always smiled back and their spirit seemed lifted. It made me think about how the energy of one persons smile seems to transfer to the person being smiled at. It was obvious that in those moments of ‘smile sharing’ everyone felt uplifted and happy. What a wonderful gift!

I decided to play with this a little. I went to my gym. I had noticed in the past that most of the women go about their workouts without looking at each other eye to eye. Oh, we all check each other out and assess the latest workout wear etc., but not many look each other in the eye and offer a smile. I made a deliberate choice to look directly at everyone who crossed my path that day and smile at them. The response was great! Everyone smiled back and some offered “hello’s” and “how are you today’s”. Then it struck me! There may have been lots of smiling going on before but I wasn’t participating. Now that I’m smiling at everyone I meet I’m receiving that great energy too.

It is so simple and yet so powerful.

Here is a wonderful piece I found that really sums it up beautifully.

“A SMILE costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can not be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature’s best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.”

— believed to be based on the writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

smile– Bonnie : )

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