The Dream Is The Truth


How are you investing in yourself? 

Sparkle & Shine!
It’s Time to Sparkle & Shine!

“The dream is the truth,” stated Zora Neale Hurston so many years ago. The words of this iconic African American writer remind us that the things we yearn for are what define us and become our truth. Whether we achieve them or not, this is what gives us ultimate satisfaction or dissatisfaction with life.  Rumi states that each of us knows intuitively what we are born to do and we know as well that we must take action to actualize this. These insights are particularly important to me in this month of April which hosts my birthday on April 23 as well as National Poetry Month. For I am pushed into a state of reflection about my life’s meaning: What have I achieved with my gifts and talents? What creative measures can I pursue to invest in myself and realize my dreams?  The truth is, we are faced with these questions from time to time whether we acknowledge them or not. These reflections should become gentle proddings that push us to think about creativity and steps we can take to invest in ourselves so that we may open up to the possibility and wonder of our dreams. While for me it is writing, reading, traveling and collaborating with friends, for others it could be a much broader mix of possibilities for as Thoreau states; this world is but a canvas to our imagination. However we decide to invest in ourselves the actions we take will gift our dream into the truth that defines us. This is the work we do that gives voice to our passion and introduces us to the world in a manner that honors the integrity of our vision and maintains our pathway to creativity. And as we journey, we acquire the tools to tell soulful tales to the world about who we are and what we are about. The journey is its own amazing story!

How are you investing in yourself?

How are you using your gifts & talents to improve humanity?

About Dr. Marvalous!

I am an educator, author, and community/cultural activist of Jamaican heritage, deeply concerned about the way we shape and are shaped by society. How do we engage the resources around us to realize our creative potential? How do we give of ourselves to become the change we want to see in this world? It is my intention to engage an audience in energetic and provocative discussions on these issues.
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5 Responses to The Dream Is The Truth

  1. charmaine Wade-Perry says:

    Find your writings so creative & inspiring. Continue to motivate as there is sweet friendship to always warm one’s soul.

  2. marvalousmarva says:

    So true. When women are empowered the whole world benefits for it is in our nature to work towards making the world a better place.

  3. Yudelka Tavera says:

    Beautifully written, my wise and dear friend. To reflect on your inquiry, this year I have felt that I have really made a giant leap in a positive direction when it comes to self-investment and how it affects my future and those around me.

    Being an artist is never easy. Keeping truthful to yourself, staying motivated and maintaining the mind innovative – constantly at war with self doubt, and temptations to take clear paths of less resistance. Afterwards, quite often the creative is left picking up their soul’s pieces after their latest passion is rejected or deeply misunderstood.

    In 2014 I can say that I have successfully omitted the doubts and simply stopped caring what people thought. When asked my reasons for pursuing certain things I was not shy, I took it all off, put it all out on the table knowing it was gold, because the hopes of a silver offering at this stage would be unacceptable. I saw it in my mind as if it already was and now it just is.

    THANK YOU for being a constant source of inspiration and mentorship :-)!

    “There are moments in our lives when we summon the courage to make choices that go against reason, against common sense and the wise counsel of people we trust. But we lean forward nonetheless because, despite all risks and rational argument, we believe that the path we are choosing is the right and best thing to do. We refuse to be bystanders, even if we do not know exactly where our actions will lead.”

    – Howard Schultz

  4. Christine Todd-Gibson says:

    Marva, thanks for the constant reminder that we should continually develop ourselves and to use our talents toward self-actualization.

  5. Isabelle Léger says:

    Marva, you write so beautifully, I particularly like “the actions we take will gift our dream into the truth that defines us.” We always have options.Taking a reflective assessment of our talents, gifts and options is the single key to knowing what to do next.This awareness of my talents, gifts, and options is what allows me to invest in me. I have a mind, body, spirit; my goal is to continuously keep these options alive. I’ve found when I’m respectful of who I am, I intuitively know what to do next. Dreams can’t be forced, they unfold as our awareness does. I look forward to hearing more from this community

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