welcome more than you ever imagined

2 when we dare

“Poor people deserve to feel beautiful too.”*

‘I first had to recognise my passion. … My next step was to make time for it, to find ways to integrate my passion into my ordinary days, and to stop measuring myself against some irrelevant standard of efficiency.’**

Dare to Dream is the name of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival’s campaign to encourage schools and communities up and down Scotland to dream of a better future through story, as well as gather the stories they want to carry with them from the past.^

When I heard about this, I needed to check it out because daring to dream with individuals is where I love to be, living between the truth of people’s lives and the possibilities.  This isn’t daring to dream in a vacuum, but through talents and passions, including some of the most difficult things life can be:

“[E]ven the saddest things can become, once we have made peace with them a source of wisdom and strength for the journey that still lies ahead.”^^

Taking what is already there, we move it further.  We are here because of following our curiosities, developing practices around these, then deepening them, and forming creative habits – some less visible than others.  The more we are open, recognising and welcoming these things, then we’re welcoming more than we ever imagined and we are daring to dream.

(*Slum entrepreneur Leila Velez, quoted in Linda Rottenberg’s Crazy is a Compliment.)
(**From Gretchen Ruben’s The Happiness Project.)
(^This is an example of why I love living in this country.)
(^^Frederick Blechner, quoted in John Ortberg’s All the Places to Go.)


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