“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was never at a loss for words when dispensing wisdom.  Her famous “dreams” quote sits majestically near my computer station, a constant reminder that I must believe in my dreams.  A wonderful thought, indeed, with subtle complexities.  Before you can believe, it seems that you must define the dream within the framework of beauty.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in a dream.  He defined it with passion and eloquence.  The world saw beauty.

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” 

 Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

This week, the focus will be on dreams within the context of the human experience. We seek to achieve goals that gratify our deepest longings, and give purpose to our lives.  As Jack Kerouac once said, “All human beings are also dream beings.  Dreaming ties all mankind together.”


Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

15 thoughts on “Believe.Beauty.Dream

  1. Hi Rebecca, what a lovely start to my day, thank you. My favourite Eleanor quote has been the one about being what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday. Still excellent, but I think I’ll borrow yours for a change.

    Long time no chat by the way – sorry for that and I’ve missed you. 😦


    1. You have been missed, but I knew that you were on a grand adventure. Welcome back. Funny how the past continues to influence our future, even though all we have is the present. Which, in the end, means that we really are creating the past and future at the same time. Powerful stuff!


  2. I find your words a way to my calling and they meet me at the crossroads,when I most need them. My belief in my dreams wavers and stoops. But, I realize that if I keep on strengthening the base of all the hopes, a little part of the future may have space for me.


    1. An insightful thought. You have identified, in my opinion, the heart of the dialogue. We all want to participate to the very best of our abilities within our fragmented and complex global world. The question is how to balance our dreams within the context of our immediate environment. After much thought, I am coming to the realization that seeking to fulfill our personal dreams is a way of giving back to the entire community. I am grateful for your presence and comments. One last thought from Harriet Tubman, who realized her dream against incredible adversity.

      “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
      Harriet Tubman


      1. You are so right ! The struggle to realize the steps to our dreams are a way of contributing our part to the society. I never did see it this way. But, to remain steadfast in the face of adversities requires an enormous amount of character. And an enormous amount of character can only be gained through strife. So, for me everything works in a circle. One thing reciprocates another and another things completes the first. I do hope I am making sense to you 🙂
        I love the title *clanmother* and the story behind it.


      2. Thank you so much for adding your wisdom to this dialogue. You made perfect sense. I especially liked when you used the iconic circle to illustrate the point that our choices continue to reverberate throughout our lives and ultimately shape our destiny.


    1. You made my day sunshine! And it has been raining in Vancouver for a couple of days – so much so that I thought I saw the animals gathering two by two. I think I’ll look around for the ark!


  3. Oh my girl is dreaming this week. How very lovely and what a great way to spend the day. Now to take your kiwi tea and a scone and find a lovely park bench to clear the cobwebs and let the dreams come forth.


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