Friday, July 30, 2010

Dream Big


“Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true." Lyman Frank Baum

When I started writing, I never imagined I would ever publish a book. And I definitely never thought my story....my book would win a national book award or that people would be encouraged by my words....and what I lived. 

When I lived on the streets....I never imagined I would have a home....a beautiful house in a great neighbourhood surrounded by nature and kind people. 

When I couldn't stop using the needle or throwing up....I never imagined I could ever really be free.

When I fought to stay alive....with no one caring about whether I lived or died....I never imagined I would have the best family and incredible friends in my world...in my corner....believing in me....wanting the best for me.

I've learned to dream....to dream big. I discovered that things change...and the things we hunger for really do come true. 

It's hard to see that when you're caught in the darkness and all around you it's totally black. But somehow eventually a little light flickers somewhere in that blackness.....and in time....it grows bigger....then bigger..and bigger - until time allows the Light to consume the dark....and the way out becomes visible and clear.  You just have to hold on....never let go of hope or the dream that things can be different....

Sometimes I wonder how did that first little light flicker on in all that painful darkness. I don't exactly know...except as a child....I had a make-believe friend....a traffic light. That traffic light was my best friend. It always turned green just for me. And when it was red....it's 'cause it just wanted me to stay and talk a bit. I have another Friend...also a Light. - the difference....He's real. His Light always shines and fills me with the hope that anything and everything is possible.
Dream big....nothing is beyond realization....


 

24 comments:

Paula said...

Dear One, you are such an inspiration to me. It is wonderful how hard you worked and how far you have come. MIll of hugs

MTJ said...

Hi Sarah,

I would agree with what you say about darkness, "It's hard to see that when you're caught in the darkness and all around you it's totally black."

I think for many, we find ourselves living a life of quiet desperation. We struggle and fight for survival in a half-hearted way but we don't realize that the decisions we make can mean the difference between life and death.

For me, the hope of something better; not being satisfied with mediocrity or something worse enabled the word of life and salvation to reach me.

It takes convincing that life can and will get better. Better isn't always a big house, fancy car or the latest fashions; sometimes it's just realizing how wonderful it is to be alive. To have the opportunity to share love with others, to feel compassion for those in need, to be able to encourage with a word or a helping hand.

We should have dreams that inspire and motivate us, dreams which cause us to aspire towards something greater than ourselves.

I appreciate your honesty and sincerity, reaching out to encourage others.

Blessings and peace.

MTJ

NOS said...

Your story certainly is inspirational, Sarah. You have clearly gone through a lot but somehow you retain your hope. You said a lot of things that I needed to hear today. Thanks.

Wishing you well,
NOS

Precious Gems said...

This is so beautiful and so encouraging. Thank you :)

Deborah Ann said...

It's amazing that even as a child, you were looking for the 'light.' God was calling you all those years ago. His love is the most amazing thing I have ever encountered - and you're living proof!

Terri Tiffany said...

It's so important to always dream and why not dream big! I am so happy for you!

Denise said...

Amen sis, love you so much.

Karen said...

Well, done! This post is so encouraging! The light of Christ is reflecting off you and sister...it is so bright...it's blinding!

Colleen said...

Beautiful post. Hugs.

Just Be Real said...

((((Sarah))))

Dolores Ayotte said...

Without Hope, we have nothing. Hope gives us the courage to dream and then to dream big.

"Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even when confidence is wounded, trust impaired". ((Erik H. Erikson)

Glimmers of Light give us this Hope. They feed off each other to give us a "new life" like you have so richly discovered. Blessings!

Nicole said...

This is such an encouraging post to me. It's a reminder to me to dream big so that when my dreams come true I can help others do the same! God bless you!

dulce said...

You get better day after day, my sweet Sarah
And your hopeful posts give us such grace and faith in life...Oh yes dreams are the best thing to be kept in our souls, our hearts , our minds...

Love
:)
D.

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

I am inspired just to read you. I hope your blog touches millions.

Lily said...

I love that I can come here and be instantly energized about my journey through your words. The traffic light made me smile so much! What a great friend :)

fazrul arhan said...

I do believe in dreaming big!
Everything start from nothing. Nice writing,love it. D

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God Bless!

Surprised By Joy! said...

Sarah,
Dreaming big with you. So happy about your book. :)

Blessings,
Tammy

Dean Corso said...

(((Sarah)))
Like always strong n inspiring.

V said...

Dream big because you're capable of anything!!!
O thank you for this Sarah!!
Flippen great post!!!!! :)

Jingle said...

your talent is obvious,
Great that you have achieved something out of your expectation!

Jingle said...

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Happy Tuesday!

Yolanda said...

Hi Sarah...
Thank you for dreaming...for writing...and being willing to share your journey!

God Bless!

Deb said...

Sara, you know what a dreamer I am.

I've got the green light too.

Love this post.

Sweet dreams.