“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” – Lao Tzu
So you’ve crystallised your dreams for the coming year and you’ve planted the seeds of your desires in the (hopefully) fertile soil of 2020.
Now take a moment to look inward and tell me – do you expect your dreams ultimately to grow and blossom, or wither and die?
Your answer makes all the difference.
As a rather inept gardener who has a tendency towards pessimism, this quote speaks to me.
It’s a timely reminder that, as we sow the seeds of our dreams for this year, we mustn’t forget they need to be tended as they grow.
Lao Tzu urges us to nurture them with confidence and optimism.
Optimism doesn’t involve putting a positive spin on everything. It simply means we assume things will work out well in the end. We believe our dreams will grow and blossom, rather than wither and die.
When we hit a stumbling block, we don’t allow it to kill our dream. Instead, we see it for what it is – an obstacle to be negotiated as we continue on our journey.
So rather than despair about our challenges this year, why don’t we pick ourselves up on our pessimism and focus on finding solutions?
Let’s stay open to our experience and look for ways to nurture our seedlings.
Let’s water our dreams with optimism until they’re fully bloomed.
Then we can say with absolute satisfaction and authentic pride – “I cultivated my dream. I saw it through to the end. I did this”.