Artistic Philosophy

Reality has limits but our imagination does not, so let it run free and your creativity will flourish.

My imagination helps me create unique work as I strive to produce beautiful things and grow in capability, experience and confidence. My goal as I travel this journey of creativity, is to share my work and inspire others so that they themselves, may create something distinct and original too.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Quotation Monday - A Secret Place

Hi all
Before I start I must say thank you so much for all your prayers, thoughts and good wishes for my niece and her baby son.  Baby is still holding his own and mum is much stronger today.  There is a long way to go, I know that, but he is strong it seems and doesn't want to give up.   Bless you all.  

While having a bit of me time this weekend, I found a question about a lovely quote by Louise Driscol on the web.  The person wanted to know what the quotation really meant,  I was so impressed with the reply that I thought I would share it with you today, being that it is Quotation Monday.   Here is the quote:-

'WITHIN your heart keep one still, SECRET place WHERE your dreams may GO'
(By Louise Driscol)

Now the answer, I think it is a clever and wise interpretation:- 
Keep your dreams alive. Never let your heart believe the lie that anything is impossible. Keep it safe within your heart protected from the shattering jading of those who have lost their faith in the possible.
The U.S. Navy Seals are instructed to create in themselves a secret place in their minds where they can retreat when they are being tortured. A peaceful place to dwell in, that only the invited may come. It allows them to endure unimaginable hardship and survive with their minds intact.
Without our hope we are frail and easily destroyed. But protected in our secret place where our dreams reside for another opportunity, we can endure and even find joy.
 
(BT Yahoo answers.com)

If you think about it, we all, in one way or another, have a secret place that we can go to;  that place where we shut everyone off and pretend not to have heard when it is getting too much.  But that is the problem, as we get older we use it too often to escape the everyday troubles and we forget to tune it in as a peaceful retreat for our aspirations and our dreams.  Why did we stop doing that?  As young children, even as young adults we would spend blissful times pondering our future, tucking little hopes and dreams into our secret place.  Then one day we find we've lost the key to the door and our hopes and dreams became something we 'used to do'.   Who said that at 'this age' or 'that' you should no longer dream.  Shouldn't we all be allowed to shut our eyes, drift away into our safe peaceful place.  I think we could all do with finding the key again and using that place for revitalising ourselves, to give ourselves a sunny side of hope again.

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations,
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty
Believe in them and follow where they lead.
(Louisa May Alcott)

What would you fill your 'secret dream place' with?  What do you think it would take to give you back your sunny dreams again or are you one of the lucky ones who retained a youthful state of hopefulness?
Well that's words from me.  I will be back lunch time with the New Candy and some new creations tomorrow.
Take care everyone.
Hugs Linda xx

7 comments:

  1. Lovely qouate ,I fill my place with my Grand daughters when I feel low I just look at pictures which makes me very Happy

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    1. Me too Melanie, I feel grandchildren were made to give us a second chance at happiness in their own way. Linda x

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  2. Hi Linda

    My secret place would have to have two compartments. Is that being greedy? The first one would be filled with all the wonderful memories of my darling mum and dad who are together again. Dad was an inspiration! He suffered for 25 years with heart disease, a major stroke which put him into a wheelchair, asbestosis and then finally liver cancer. He never once said "Why me?" and was always smiling and laughing. Mum was his uncomplaining carer throughout. They adored each other and were a real advert for happy marriage.

    My second compartment would be filled with all the things I want to do going forward and crowded with ideas to help bring those ideas to fruition: more travel and more crafting just to start things off. This is going to be really interesting to read everybody's posts today.

    Glad to hear your niece's baby is holding his own. There are so many people with them in prayer it must be pretty crowded there!

    love Christine xx

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    1. How very blessed they were to have had such a deep love and understanding. My mum and dad got to 52years of marriage before my father died in '98(he suffered Alzheimers and mum cared for him throughout also)
      What is the secret of the love our parents had do you think?
      As to all the prayers, maybe the unity will be loud enough to be heard. I just know I am truly grateful to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. You are a very special group of people.
      Hugs Linda x

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  3. I'm pleased to hear Mom and baby are doing ok and hope they continue to make good progress, will keep thinking of them. Hugs lin

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    1. Thank you so very much Linda. Take care from the other Linda xx

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  4. Hi Linda

    So glad to hear that the little one is holding his own, one day at a time for now.
    I do agree with your comment that we should all at times allow ourselves to shut our eyes, drift away for a short while and revitalise. I really think that this ability maybe comes with age as when younger we never do seem to find the time.
    Take care
    Eileen x

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