Always remember to follow your dreams

“Follow your dreams for they will always lead in the right direction.”
I’m not sure where I found this quote, or exactly when. But it doesn’t matter because the rightness of it is eternal.
Dreams must always be followed. Dreams of travel. Dreams of fun and laughter. Dreams of careers. Dreams of books you should write and pictures you should paint. Dreams of parties you should plan.
It is dreams that make life worthwhile.
As for me, I have had a lifelong dream–to make the perfect garden. I’ve tried many times to create the garden of my dreams. I dream in the winter, plant in the spring, and weed during the summer.
But somehow, even when my flowers are in full bloom, they never begin to match those beautiful pictures in the seed catalogues.
But still I dream of a Secret Garden–a garden of healing–and that’s why I bought myself a wonderful calendar for this year. “The Secret Garden–Calendar 2001.”
“Gardens are places of ideal existence” begins the text of my calendar. And a wide cobblestone path beckons through the open gate.
Beyond is a lush garden framed by a beautiful ancient vine. Flowers of purple and blue line the path. Farther away, there is a riot of red and yellow flowers, with a stone wall in the distance.
It almost looks like a tropical garden, and matches my dream exactly.
That’s how it often is with dreams. They are beautiful and distant and seem unattainable. The reality often falls far short of the ideal. So why dream at all?
Because dreams give our lives direction. And sometimes dreams actually come true. As Tachibana Akema says of his garden, “What a delight it is/When of a morning/I get up and go out/To find in full bloom a flower/That yesterday was not there.”
And even when they are imperfect, dreams will give you hope. They will give you goals for the future–goals that you can live by.
You should never doubt your dreams, says author Wayne Dyer. The author of “Real Magic” and “You’ll See It When You Believe It,” Dyer believes that if you can visualize dreams, hang on to them, and dispel any doubts they will come true, the dreams will materialize.
“Our futures are formed by the thoughts we hold most often,” writes Dyer. “We literally become what we think about and are all given the gift of being able to write our own story.”
You should begin with imagining in your invisible mind what it is you would most like to see in your life. See your wonderful garden in full bloom. See the table for your gourmet dinner party.
See the book of poetry you want to write. See yourself in your newly-remodelled house. See yourself as a student going back to college. See yourself restoring an antique car.
See yourself doing whatever you most want in life. For dreams are the first step toward a better life.
As Thoreau once wrote, “If one advances confidently in the direction of his own dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
So ask yourself today what are your most vivid dreams for your life? Hold those thoughts in your mind. Then remember to follow your dreams, for you can be sure that “they will always lead you in the right direction.”

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