Rest day for the body but not the mind! Instead: a day to daydream. Write. Create. Ponder. Remember.
Although I’ve never been poetic, I find myself drawn to reading poetry lately. With the recent passing of Gene Wilder, the phrase “We are the music makers; we are the dreamer of dreams” has come across my screens and I wanted to find out where it came from. Some quick searches revealed the lines to be a passage from Ode by Arthur O’Shaughnessy; you can read this wonderful poem here.
The full poem (which has 9 verses, not 3) includes the following passage:
A breath of our inspiration,
Is the life of each generation.
A wondrous thing of our dreaming,
Unearthly, impossible seeming-
The soldier, the king, and the peasant
Are working together in one,
Till our dream shall become their present,
And their work in the world be done.
It’s a shame that the entire poem is so difficult to find (but you can read it here – you’re welcome). Because I find this verse to speak so closely to how I feel about the importance of the arts and creativity, and of day dreaming. (Day dreaming isn’t important you say? I would beg to disagree but these writers do a much better job and yes, each of those words are a separate link to a separate source – let the AP know I’m available for freelance work.)
Walt Disney said “all our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them” but if we never stop and give ourselves the space and time to let our minds wander, to dream up fantastic ideas, whatever will we have pursue?
Be sure to take time to daydream. Regularly.