"I've been letting my mind wonder at night. My thoughts should have a curfew." Am Kidd

Monday, April 12, 2010

Powerful words

Last night I could not fall asleep so I decided to give television a try. There I was, flipping through the different chanels, searching (in vain) for something worth watching.  I paused on PBS for moment when I heard the following:

"Who you are and where you are from should never stand in the way of what you believe"

I was struck by the simplicity of the slogan and it's profound message. In just eighteen words an advice that, if followed, could totally and radically change anyone's world. It got me thinking about the incredible strength that could be found inside each one of us. I thought of all the ordeals the human race has endured through history. Wars, persecutions, plagues, hunger, natural disasters and yet, through sheer will and determination people continued down the path laid down before their eyes. Amidst tragedy and pain extraordinary works of art were created, heavenly music was written. Hearts did not stop beating and clinging to hope. 

As I finally drifted off to sleep I felt comforted and moved by those words, perhaps because  I am an incurable romantic, a woman who has been jokingly diagnosed to have "the Peter Pan Syndrome" a hopeless dreamer who constantly roams the hallways of Make Believe Castle.

To all who are strong enough to continue moving forward and dream I say, here's to believing!

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  1. I'd rather be described as a "hopeless" dreamer than a bitter cynic. Carry on dreaming dear Alina, in peace, beauty and delight X

  2. Well, yes Alina, I agree with you but really must add that they're also dangerous words. Such powerful slogans are double edged...!

    "Who you are and where you are from should never stand in the way of what you believe" clearly works very well as a philosophy if you believe nice things and have good ambitions.

    But if somebody has nasty beliefs, lets use the timeless example of Adolf Hitler for example, the phrase that you rightly found inspirational can suddenly become very dangerous indeed...

    Many of the top people in Nazi Germany were well educated and from respectable backgrounds. I know. I actually met an elderly Luftwaffe Pilot Officer a few years ago, and was able to chat to him.

    Can anybody deny that in the admittedly rather extreme example of Nazi Germany, it would perhaps have been better if "Who you are and where you are from must always moderate what you believe"

    What I'm trying to say is that restraint and self-discipline is sometimes as important as imagination...

  3. Gorgeous and heart-moving post! you are magical..and i so love that you share this enchanting piece of your soul ..i appreciate it so much! you are awesome!Beautiful post!

  4. Nothing wrong with having a Peter Pan syndrome. Believing in a future filled with bright possibilities is perhaps the most important belief you can have.

  5. I guess every once in awhile there is something good on TV! Ha! A very good message indeed! I think it's OK to have a dream and stay in a 'happy bubble'. :)

    Take care Alina,
    xo Catherine

  6. Striving for a better future is part of what makes us human and we should always have hope. I love your take on the world Alina, these are heartfelt words and dreamer or not, they come from a good place.

    Jeanne xx

  7. Several years ago I started writing a "personal mission statement" in which I put my beliefs and dreams into words. After many years of trying to fit in to this crazy world and play the game to get ahead, I've realized that I can't live in conflict with my own values and beliefs. Now I try to live by the words of Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

    Thank you Alina for this post and thanks also for your visit and good wishes on my blog! Blessings.

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  9. I suppose I'm trying to say that I believe distinguishing right from wrong is always more important than pursuing what you believe...

    Er, you know what I mean...!

  10. This post caught my attention, Alina. They are powerful and very positive words indeed. It's good to be sharing the journey with like-minded souls. Keep being the wonderful you! Bright wishes. xx

  11. Hello everyone, like Carol Anne said, "it's good to share the journey with like-minded souls"

    TGR, I don't think we should worry. I know all my blog friends "believe in nice things and have good ambitions" :0) (good point)


Albert Schweitzer said "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit" I thank you all!