Posts Tagged ‘dreams’

Waterfalls

Monday, August 17th, 2009

I have had a life long love affair with waterfalls and though I have seen relatively few in real life and  with  the notable exception of Niagara, none of the biggies, I am without fail moved whenever I see one.  For me, even the smallest waterfall is a thing of beauty & magic.  Of course, I’ve wanted to have one but it has always been too much of a project to try.  However, today, everything came together.  I had been given another pump and filter, had half the required electrics (but more importantly now knew how to complete them) and some time off.  So today, I made a life long dream come true.  It is only a very little waterfall but I guess it was a bigger dream…  Of course it isn’t fully completed yet; the landscaping still needs doing, but it is functioning.

Dreams are powerful things, and all the more so when you act on them.  I hope the rest of you don’t wait over 50 years to make your come true!  I’d love to hear some stories of what you have done to make your dreams happen, and what happened next…

Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true”

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”  Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens

 

The Little Chef Change Experiment

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I don’t know if you have been watching the Channel 4 programme, ‘Big Chef takes on Little Chef’.  Heston Blumenthal, the 3 star Michelin chef, went into one of the most run down of our bits of national food heritage, Little Chef to see if he could revitalise it.  He looked at what they prepared, how they prepared it, and the environment in which they operated.

I didn’t necessarily buy into all his methods or ideas but the there was no doubt that not only did Little Chef need to be much better but the motoring public deserved much better too.  The thing which interested me was the reaction of the staff.  Initially they were sceptical, some were openly hostile to the new ideas, then they were scared they couldn’t do it.  When the big unveiling came they felt incredibly proud and excited.  This was an experiment in running a more successful restaurant, so it needed to make money as well as serve better food, and when they feared the bosses might not carry on with it, they then began to wonder if they could go back to the tired old ways.  The thing was the experience had changed them too: it changed how they saw themselves, their attitude to their own sense of value and their dreams of the future. 

That is the the thing about Change, you can never really go back!

“I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then”   Lewis Carroll

“I wanna go back
And do it all over
But I can’t go back, I know
I wanna go back
Cause I’m feeling so much older”  I Wanna Go Back – Eddie Money

Expectations

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Are such dangerous things, and I don’t know which are worse, our own or other people’s.  At times like this, the everyone goes into a period of mild hysteria and we conspire to brainwash each other about the ‘fun’ we are all going to have.  Hollywood and the media bombard us with saccharine, idealised Christmases that we have never experienced; just think… how many white Xmases have you known?  I think I might have had two in over fifty years.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with telling each other these tales, but when we are living a rather smaller, greyer sort reality it can feel like we are cheated.  We may feel we are failing those we love by not succeeding in being able to make their dreams come true.  Our real families maybe, and probably are more flawed than these 2D images we are shown.  Our very desires for perfection often trip us up and make for rows and upsets.

Reality is so much more complicated that any story.  It has so many strands, colours and flavours.  Our job is to accept, enjoy and deal with it in the best way we can.  If Boxing Day finds you feeling a little confused or upset, let it all go.  Forgive yourself and everyone else, get out and enjoy the day.  Where we are the light is simply fabulous, and a true gift! 

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”  John Lubbock

Confessions of a Teenager Plucker

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

I have a deep, dark secret. Lurking beneath the pinstriped exterior of this ex-accountant lurks the soul of a secret rock ‘god’! When I was a teenager I had a guitar and spent many a lonely night plucking away, warbling along to my Leonard Cohen songbook… I even took lessons. I practised till my fingers were sore. I persevered. Despite my very best efforts, after several years I gave up, forced to agree with my family and friends that I was totally devoid of any latent talent in this area and as musical as a bag of spanners!

This was a bitter pill to swallow, but some 40 years later I have come to terms with it. I will never strut my stuff with a Fender… There are many things that come naturally and effortlessly to me, and some may even be things that others will look at a say to themselves “I wish I could do that!” but of course, human nature being what it is, one discounts these gifts, and takes them for granted.

Each of us is blessed with unique talents, but we can easily focus on those we don’t have rather than using and developing those we do have. Now, I have no doubt if I was Brad Pitt (and many people have noted the striking similarity) and I needed to learn to play the guitar for my latest blockbuster, then I could have been coached to point where I could fake it, but the truth is, love it though I do, I am not musical!

So, whilst I am not suggesting that we shouldn’t challenge ourselves to master new things, the truth is I think we are dealt the cards we need at birth, and the clue to our paths and happiness are there before our eyes. So if you are feeling a little lost and wondering what your path is, take a look at what is right in front, because the your destiny is probably ‘hiding’ in plain view!

“I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.” Douglas Adams