“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”
~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan: Fairy Tales
December 21 is winter’s solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and there are many traditions and celebrations that tell us what this day means or what we should do. I grew up with a mixture of traditions from many places, something that I am grateful for as it allows me to see through many windows and respect them all without strictly adhering to any.
In one of the countries I lived, people would write their “wishes” in small pieces of paper and save them in a box or bury them; the following December 21st, they would burn those wishes that had come true and repeat the process. People would ask for things such as a better job (or getting a job if they didn’t have one), losing weight, improving their relationships, finding a partner, graduating with good grades and so on…
Although I don’t believe in those things (I believe in hard work and willingness, being proactive and dedicated towards the things you want happening in your life), I am, deep inside, a dreamer…I dream about the things I want in my life and my future…and then start working to make them happen. I learned that we “control” only a small portion of what “happens to us”, but collectively, we have much more “control” and power than we think we have…
Life has also showed me small windows of magic where I have experienced and seen impossible things happening, some of them truly mysterious, like finding an unexpected soul mate or connecting with an author miles away from us; some more earthly such as a bunch of people dreaming and designing the future in a Permaculture community…
Approaching the end of this year, I also want to celebrate what it brought to me. This is from far one of the best years in my life, a year in which I:
Today, I will risk my faith a bit further: I will throw some of my wildest dreams for the future here and invite you to choose and add your own through the comments section, or just create your private ones and share them with family and friends. Today I will conjure up all the fairies and forces of the world, as I want to believe these dreams are possible:
I have many other dreams: for myself and my family, for my dearest friends and co-workers, even for the people whose lives I am blessed and honoured to touch every day. I’ll keep those dreams private for only the fairies to see…I know they know I believe in them.
“But all fairytales have rules, and perhaps it’s their rules that actually distinguish one fairytale from the other. These rules never need to be understood. They only need to be followed. If not, what they promise won’t come true.”
~ Jostein Gaarder
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