Is there a dream, or a seed of a dream long forgotten, hidden somewhere within your heart? Perhaps at this time it is inviting you to water it with belief that it can come to life, perhaps at this time it is inviting you not to leave it beyond neglect but to dig it out into the daylight and help it grow.
I want to encourage you to pursue your dreams, the deepest ones. Never give up on dreams that make you who you are. Some dreams have eternal seeds, as if they are made of gold; they may take long to flourish, and at times even seem impossible and not very practical too achieve. As Brenadan Kennelly says, “Not for the cautious man or woman – a little too risky sometimes.. perhaps”.
But when we pursue them and they do begin to flourish they reveal our deepest identity, our true self that from the beginning was hidden in God. Herman Hesse wrote that “our only guide is our homesickness”. Homesickness is that inner echo of a dream that was planted in your heart by God. When you know what you long for, what directs your desire for life, when you let it emerge deep from within you, then you can follow it like a scent of the most beautiful flower that guides you through life. However, occasionally we can glimpse that this ‘something’ is in fact ‘who‘, and we realise that life that we seek is seeking us – too.
© Iva Beranek (Dublin, 16th July 2014, first shared on RTE Radio 1 during ‘A Living Word‘) Photo by © Iva Beranek