Don’t Doubt Your Dream!

DreamIf you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh

A few week ago, my friend posted a picture of a tree with a line “When in doubt … ,” and I immediately thought of the word “bloom!” The story behind the tree: many were doubtful that the tree would even survive. The tree ‘knew’ that the only way to cast away the doubt; it not only survives but also blooms – silencing all the voices. It made perfect sense to me right at that moment. What would be the best way to face the doubt we have of ourselves: the things we set to achieve, the goals and our dreams? I believe we all have the answer in us. Don’t Doubt Your Dream!

What If…” by Jackie French Koller

Did you ever stop and think
how the world would be
if folks had turned out

For instance,
what if Benjamin Franklin
never tried to fly a kite,
or Shakespeare never tried to write?

What if Einstein never
used his brain
or the Wright Brothers
never tried to fly a plane?

What if Lincoln never tried
to free the slaves,
or Susan B. Anthony was
afraid to make waves?

What if Alexander Graham Bell
was content to just yell?

What if Ford never tried
to make a car,
or Walt Disney never
wished upon a star?

What if Beethoven
never tried to play?
What if Mother Teresa
turned away?

What if Babe Ruth
was afraid to swing a bat?
What if Columbus accepted
that the world was flat?

What if Lucianno Pavarotti
never tried to sing?
What if dreams were enough
for Martin Luther King?

What if Jim Thorpe
never entered the race,
or Baryshnikov let another
dance in his place?

What if Michelangelo thought
he wasn’t good enough,
or John Glenn feared
he didn’t have the right stuff?

What if all the folks
who’ve changed the world
had lived and died
and never tried?

What if you had a dream
and you held it inside
and never tried?

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15 thoughts on “Don’t Doubt Your Dream!

  1. Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point

    Hi BK, strong, bold words here today. THese are just the kind of what-ifs that nourish the soul (the exact opposite of those that make us insane and paranoid).

    I think dreams are designed to be pursued. And perhaps a touch of doubt isn’t so bad if it leads to further commitment to the dream.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Belinda, these are strong bold words indeed. We are looking at the other side of ‘what ifs.’ I just been through a seminar last weekend and the speaker, Jerry Mills, was giving a talk based on the same title ‘Don’t Doubt Your Dream’ and he mentioned, “Don’t doubt your dream, or it will never come true.”

  2. Hilary

    Hi BK .. I love this post .. so true .. all the what ifs .. so many have done so much with their lives by daring to dream ..

    Living life to the full and for our dreams – raising our hands and raising the bar for ourselves .. we get knocked down so often or pushed back .. we have to believe in ourselves ..

    I don’t doubt my dream .. thank you – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Food, Food, Glorious Food … What could possibly go wrong …? =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Hilary, good to see you around. It is most important for us to believe in ourselves.

      @ Fatima, indeed; without dreams, we also lose our ‘sense of visions.’

      @ Dora, I hope so too.

  3. jacqueline

    Dearest BK, i LOVE this post! Im working towards my creative dream and this post means so much to me! Thank you so much for sharing this topic and for inspiring me {always}! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to yoU!
    .-= jacqueline´s last blog ..Take it easy =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Jacqueline, thank you for your kind comment always. I am glad that this post has inspired you in a way. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you and yours too.

  4. Jannie Funster

    BK, may I please give you an extra-big bear hug from across these many many miles?


    Did you feel it? 🙂

    An ultra-inspiring poem!

    Here’s what the first part made me think…

    “If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot write wonderful songs,” then by all means write songs,and keep on writing, and that voice will be silenced.”

    — Jannie VanGogh.


    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Crazy Bananas: Funny Keyword Searches, 8 =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Jannie, THANKS for the Hug! Yes, just write the songs and silence the voice saying otherwise!

      @ Gabriele, pardon me, I may not get what you meant exactly. What I meant was for us to not doubt our dreams and to go courageously for them. I did not mean to purposely better a skill which we may be bad.

      @ Jacqueline, thank you and a lovely merry happy week and love to you and yours too!

  5. One of The Guys

    I love this post BK. We all have to dream and believe in our dreams. And it certainly helps to have a strong support network to remind us to do just that.

  6. meleah rebeccah

    You have NO IDEA how much I needed to read these exact words today. I have been contemplating giving up on my dream of finishing my book, and thanks to YOU I have a new found inspiration.
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Oh Hello Internet! =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ One of the Guys, you made an excellent point; it certainly helps to have a support group to spur us on especially when we are down.

      @ Meleah, just keep it going!