Why Safety Will Always Kill Your Dreams

Imagine.

A stone ledge, jutting out of a rock face above a dark bottomless canyon below.

Imagine being trapped on that ledge, peering over the edge, staring down into the violent eternal chasm.

What if there was no way off that concrete ledge, no way back, no way up, no way down. Of course only a fool would say that there was no way down, its just that falling from a great height is never a pleasant option.

We all have a ledge in life, a place of safety and comfort that we cling to; it’s a dream killer, a coffin lined with the finest silk.

The “ledge” is where we all begin, it’s what we know, it’s what we are certain of, and by and large it’s a faithless, cold, miserably boring place.

 

2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Dream Killer

How To Succeed In Creative Dry Spells

drought.

I hate droughts whether they are creative, emotional, spiritual, or even environmental. Those seasons when you simply can not produce anything of any creative value; the more I resist this type of season, the longer it seems to last.

Droughts are a natural occurrence in the creative process; the sooner I realize this, the quicker  I can move through creative dry spells.

Remember creativity is always happening, whether it’s raining everyday or the ground is parched, dusty , barren and dry — there is no difference between the two. Don’t give up, when in drought find your oasis whether that be rest, meditation, a new muse or a different location.

What’s your secret when traveling through creative dry spells?

 

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2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Dry Creative Spells

Why You Should Never Give Up Dreaming

Never give up dreaming. Yesterday I received a letter from a pragmatist encouraging me to give up on my dreams (read), today I write my response…

 

Dear Pragmatist,

Push the clock forward, wind it up as fast as you can, take it forward 50 years, stand at my funeral and read out the letter you wrote yesterday if you dare.

Answer me this question, does my life frighten you, does my dreaming challenge you?

It would make sense if it did because everyday I wake up frightened and very much challenged by my own dreams; yes it’s true I am shit scared and frightened 90% of the time.

But still I run after these incredible dreams, why?

Because they are in me, woven deeply into the fabric of who I am, and if i deny them I brutally betray who I really am. Because  the greatest inheritance I can offer my children is to be 100% who I am, to not play life safe, but to play it hard.

So instead I ask you the question, why did you give up, why did you stop running, why did you stop believing; it’s not too late, why don’t you join with me and keep on dreaming?

Your Friend
Always A Dreamer.

 

P:S: What is your response to the letter above. SHARE these blogs with fellow dreamers and encourage them to never give up dreaming.

 

2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Never Give Up Dreaming

Dear Friend, It’s Time To Give Up On Your Dreams.

Have you ever received a letter like the one below encouraging you to give up on your dreams,

Dear Dreamer,

I am writing this letter because I love you and because I care for you.

For a long time now I have watched as you have bravely and with much determination pursued your dreams. There is no easy way to say this, BUT it is time to stop with the dreaming. You have tried for long enough, and while we all admire your courage and while we all respect the sacrifices that you have made, surely now, enough is enough?

We’ve all had our dreams and we’ve all eventually had to face the fact, that our dreams although wonderful to imagine and beautiful to admire, do not put food on our table.

Dreamer you are in debt, you are not getting any younger, the clock is ticking; you have a family now, perhaps it is time to give up on your dreams and really start living?

Please understand that I write this letter only out of deep concern for you, and the well being of your family; I personally wish that you could chase your dreams forever, but we don’t live in a land of dreams but in a world of bricks and clay.

Your Friend
The Pragmatist.

 

P:S: Please help me construct a seven sentence response to this letter.

2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Give Up On Your Dreams

How To Keep Your Creative Freedom Forever

Imagine.

Nothing.

Nothing, but the joy of being able to create without measure, without inhibition, without financial pressure, without that ever pressing “fear” that encircles us, preying upon our creative freedom.

Enough.

Enough of nothing, enough of sedentary, emasculated, unproductive creativity, that really isn’t creativity at all… BECAUSE… nothing is ever actually being created.

It’s time to stop making excuses, there is a wall that needs to be knocked down, and we all must smash through it everyday.

Fear must be dismembered, piece by piece, day after day, until there is nothing left but our creative freedom.

 

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2013 Copyright Seven Sentences – Creative Freedom

Blogging Fast For 40 Days – See You Soon

After 3 plus years regularly blogging on Seven Sentences we have decided to go on a blogging fast for 40 days; phew it’s good to have a rest from blogging from time to time.

My wife, Athaliah and I have recently moved with our young son Gabriel up to Portland on the Pacific North West. Our lives have been so busy, that we have decided to slow down, turn off the social media channels and just listen to the sound of the wind in the trees for a while.

We really appreciate the thousands of people who read seven sentences each day, but we also know that you will be just fine without us. Feel free to contact us via email if you want to say hello etc.

For us, its a time to go back to the drawing board and explore the many creative projects we have in development. Remember to keep dreaming, ever stop dreaming, never give up dreaming, our world needs more dreamers; AND we will see you again with much joy on July 1st after our blogging fast.

Geoff & Athaliah

 

P:S: While we are gone, we recommend you read people who are pursuing dreams read John Acuff’s Quitter blog right here.

2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Blogging Fast

Turning A 3-Legged Dog Into A Movie Star

Ever felt like you had nothing to lose?

It’s a very dangerous and yet exciting place to be. I don’t think that I was acting out of desperation when the idea first came to me; something inside me leapt for joy like it knew I was on to something.

I went straight to my computer and typed into Twitter…

“Searching the World For a 3-Legged Dog to turn into a Hollywood Star. Pass it on.”

I had no money to make our film, but I was believing in the impossible. Have a great story, create enough online attention and  then surely the money will come.

 

P:S: This is the 16th  in a series of blogs chronicling my adventures in Los Angeles. See How the F@*k Did I Get Here” to begin the adventure.

 

2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Geoff Talbots Story