“Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them.” ~Epictetus
What is a wish? I think honestly that all men, women and children have a wish, or have had a wish, or, if luckily smiled upon have had that wish granted.. We all wish, we all desire, we all have dreams, ambitions and aspirations. Mine is simple.
There is much to say, but for now I must stop for a moment here and give my heartfelt gratitude to this blog. For without having arbitrarily stopped here one evening, I may never have signed up and started writing on this forum. Since that day, I can honestly say that my writing–which is my art; my livelihood–took a turn in a direction that I’d never anticipated. I found a voice and I found an audience. I found friends and I found a platform. I found myself, once again, through my efforts here and I felt a presence of heart and mind. All of this, if without, I truly believe that I could not express myself in such an honest manner.
I read everyone that comments here, and still I am almost shocked when I have a follower or visitor give such praise and gratitude. When I hear that another person loves my work, or that my writing has lifted them up even for a moment, or that my words have made them stop and think, I’m still a bit perplexed of how this is possible. But nonetheless I love each and every time that this happens. This creates a spark within, and fans a flame that has been ever-kindled; burning since beyond what I can remember.
For me personally, to be able to touch the heart and to touch the soul with an artful voice is something very special. No matter if I’m able to turn an ear or catch a glance from a curious eye, if I can make another stop and listen, or stop and think, then I believe that I’ve done a proper job; that my voice has at least been heard and considered. This, to me, is “fame.”
Speaking of fame… I’ve often had a daydream that I could be famous, like a rock-star or a movie-star. That I’d maybe write a book that sold millions and I’d land on every talk show, or everyone would know my name. But then I thought.. why? Perhaps my true dream is more profound than such petty desires, perhaps it is it’s own fame altogether.
In a sphere of dreams, we all have our own idea of how we want the world to see us, how we want to be looked upon and studied; how we “wish” we could see ourselves. And, most often, this is a point of view that we “wish” to see through the eyes of other people. It is true, we often like to view ourselves vicariously through our audience, be it friends, family or the public… But, we must realize that this is not our dream.. We must be true to ourselves; we must be our own before we even know what our true dream, our true “wish” really is.
My wish is simple.. To be heard, and to help; to have a voice. To me, this is my dream, my humble wish.. This is simply me… and when another says “Thank you” for what I’ve written or for what I’ve expressed, when they say “You’ve helped me,” Then…….. I am a Rock Star.
We can all live our wish, we can all be our dream. Knowthesphere.