It begins as a flint striking steel, producing a spark hot enough to ignite tinder. It continues as you add more heat and fuel but will only grow into flames if there is fresh air flowing through the woven bits of kindling. One flint, one spark, bits of straw along with the surrounding oxygen and you've got yourself the beginning of a crackling fire.
It begins as a faint idea toppling out of the friction between your head and heart. A thought spark hot enough to ignite feelings of desire. It continues as you add more passion and gathered information, but will only grow into a dream if there is fresh air, a spirit, flowing through the woven bits of contemplation. One faint idea, one spark between thought and feelings, bits of reflective yearnings along with the surrounding oxygen to feed the passion behind the idea and you've got yourself the beginning of a dream.
So often our attempts to turn a spark into a productive fire, to turn a faint idea into a dream dies out before we have a chance to fuel it.........or to provide enough breath to keep hope alive. It can be a disappointing process, filled with a sense of failure and not a lick of success. All smoke and no flame. It can drag you down, and strip you of the desire needed to replenish. You begin to lose the internal combustion as you try desperately to figure out why the flame didn't ignite.
When for one reason or another we do manage to grow a dream, it almost seems like a miracle because it feels like it occurs against all odds. There is a piece of a fulfilled dream, however, that has no clear explanation as to why this one sparked brightly enough to broaden into something real and tangible. This is where destiny dwells.........it's where a divine light shines. No dream is complete without some mystery.
All we can do is carry our flint/idea, a piece of metal (our thoughts and feelings) and a pocketful of straw and twigs (reflections, contemplations, ruminations). All we can do is offer our spirit..........our air to oxygenate our thoughts and feelings to turn them into action. A dream needs heat, fuel, air and a little bit of divine intervention to come alive.
You also have to put words to it..........you have to vocalize it or else it will just remain a haze of smokey illusions. When was the last time you shared a dream idea with someone?
Just for the record? I really really really want to visit the Island of Iona.