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Dream But Do

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

One of my dreams has been to make Everyday Gyaan a community of inspirational writers. I have been dreaming, but didn’t have the courage to act on this dream. However, my vision board at the start of the year has been spurring me on. As I wrote in ‘A Thousand New Roads‘ it seems like once I’ve started to open my mind things have started to fall in to place.

Only this morning, I read a great post I read from Brenda Moguez: What Would You Do If You Could Not Fail. I asked myself this question and the answer came back to me (in no particular order) –

  • Drive a car
  • Swim
  • Write and publish several books
  • Go back to doing a regular course in psychology
  • Do a photography course
  • Do a course in yoga
  • Go for Vipassana meditation
  • Start a movement to foster self-esteem in young women
  • Undertake an adventurous journey

Dream, But Do

What stops me from doing all of this? Fears? Maybe. Not believing in myself? That too. Not trusting in the abundance of the Universe? Yes!

“The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.” Ben Sweetland

It’s time for me to lose the sieve and the teaspoon and start claiming more abundance and opportunity. Here’s an example of what happens when I do that. A couple of days back, while writing my post on authenticity, I was looking at material from Mike Robbins which I linked to my post. Now Mike is a best-selling author and writes on Oprah’s site. I decided to be bold ask him if I could interview him for Everyday Gyaan. And he most graciously said ‘Yes.’ So, very soon Mike Robbins is going to be visiting this space folks! (Insert happy dance here!)

What have you been only dreaming of, but not doing?
May you be inspired – every day!


  1. rimly rimly April 17, 2012

    I know my life has been a sieve than spoon. I have so much fear that I do not even attempt anything. So many have told me to pblish my poems, you included but I dont seem to have the courage.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 18, 2012

      Okay so now’s the time to start fixing the holes in the sieve – or get yourself a large pail…Nothing to stop you now, Rimly ♥

  2. melissatandoc melissatandoc April 4, 2012

    I dream of marriage and having my own kids (God give me twins 🙂  but never been heeding my friends’ advice to expose myself to people :P…

    I dream of Communion for the child I’m teaching but have not yet sought a priest to help us out…

    I dream of a place for little children ~ a haven – but am still working it out financially…

    I dream of making an album of my own music out of my friend Sulekha’s collection of poems ~ soon(er)…

    I dream that one day when I meet ‘them’ I could look them straight in the eye and say, I’m happy with my decisions in life and what ever happened was part of God’s plan for me…

    Well, tose are my some of my dreams…now that I have verbalized them, owned then and have lifted them up in prayer, I’m left with the doing part….

    To you BS, I dream of reading your book… 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 11, 2012

      Melissa dear, thank you for sharing so sincerely as only you can. I will join you in praying for your dreams to come true. Thank you for dreaming for me ♥

  3. Beth Beth March 29, 2012

    I hope you check off every item on your list and that you continue to stretch and grow. My biggest dream right now is to rework my life so that earning money isn’t as vital as it currently is. I’m willing to do with a lot less if the trade-off is more time, and I’m actively taking steps to make that dream a reality. 

  4. femmefrugality femmefrugality March 27, 2012

    So cool!  I love the sentiment behind this, too.  It’s so easy to get frustrated with our shortcomings that we just forget or decide not to try.  It’s amazing what can happen if we do.

  5. daphne daphne March 25, 2012

    nice write, corrine. great thought – what would you do if you wouldn’t fail… oh, how great that’d be.

  6. BonniePanterGayadeen BonniePanterGayadeen March 24, 2012

    WOW that is exciting…I so look forward to reading…..I know I lack in following dreams…I know it all comes from fear….yeh I know it…how to get past that????? oyy on that I have no clue….. Good for you following a dream!!!!!!!! As always…XOXOXOXO

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 11, 2012

      Thanks, Bonnie. I have no idea how to deal with the fear too..but I don’t think we have a choice! 🙂

  7. ClaudiaMoser ClaudiaMoser March 24, 2012

    Just start and the rest will follow!

  8. jovane4685 jovane4685 March 23, 2012

    Oh how exciting, it is time I say we all drop those fears and dive in. Dancing for you…:)

  9. Kriti Kriti March 23, 2012

    I am joining you in the Happy Dance too : ) I am feeling like that nowadays – I want to crush all fears and move on boldly…

  10. hudakcollins hudakcollins March 23, 2012

    This is wonderful Corinne!  How exciting!  I could probably think of a thousand t hings I want to do…but the reality of it is that there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything.  I am not sad about this, I just pick the most important things and do those.  Once my children are grown and have gone off to college, I see myself doing more.  That may not happen quite how I see it, with my own personal situation, but regardless…no regrets 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 11, 2012

      Mary I already admire all you do – you’re multi-talented…I can’t imagine you doing anymore with the time you have! But I’m sure you’re on your way to bigger things!

  11. marthaorlando marthaorlando March 23, 2012

    Dreaming and doing . . . this post speaks volumes, Corinne.  We all need to stop and think:  what is holding us back from realizing our dreams?  Are we just dreaming, or are we moving in the right direction to realize them?  You have certainly inspired me today!
    And, I’m so looking forward to your interview with Mike Robbins.  Way to go!
    Blessings always!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 11, 2012

      I think you’re moving in the right direction, Martha. I can visualize your book coming out real soon. Can you? 🙂

  12. Savira Gupta Savira Gupta March 23, 2012

    Corinne… to let my work take me to places.. It is happening….slowly but surely…. FEAR is over rated!

  13. Susan Deborah Susan Deborah March 23, 2012

    Ah, I have several things like that. More often I don’t do it because of a combination of fear+lack of time+procrastination.
    Time to start working, Corinne.
    Joy always,Susan

  14. Betsy at Zen Mama Betsy at Zen Mama March 23, 2012

    I think I’d be guest posting on Everyday Gyaan!! I’m trying to lose my fear of failure and write my books and my blog.  I’ve always wanted to write and am now in the process of pursuing my dreams.  I feel like I don’t have enough time.  So it’s my thoughts that I need to change as well.  Looking forward to tomorrow’s post!! 🙂
    I love the quotes by the way, esp the Sarah Brethnach.  That’s an old favorite of mine. 
    Great post Corinne!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 11, 2012

      Thanks, Betsy. You are so following your dreams and inspiring others to do likewise!

  15. elramey elramey March 23, 2012

    Mike Robbins will be fun.  But then you are fun yourself Corinne.   And Brenda too. 
    This is so timely for me.  I have 3 or 4 manuscripts that sit and wait to be finished. And I suppose that the reason I won’t allow their full birth is fear of failure.  Fear of rejection by an agent or publisher.  I could have been finished with any one of them  by now were I not afraid of denial.  I hate to bring something to full term if I don’t think it will be received.   I’d have at least 5 books published and on the best seller list by now… I once envisioned who’d play the part of my female protagonist when they produced it as a movie.  I once loved dreaming.  Now I just need to do.  

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 11, 2012

      Oh, Debra. It’s high time you published…What’s to fear – your writing is magic. I’m going to nag you to publish! ♥

  16. Elizabeth Young Elizabeth Young March 23, 2012

    One of the things my son’s band focuses on a lot is encouraging young people to fulfill their dreams. They have a platform to say this, having made huge sacrifices to make their dreams come true themselves. I believe this has made a difference in the lives of many and couldn’t be prouder!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 11, 2012

      I’m so glad that your son’s band is doing that and doing it so well, Elizabeth. You have every reason to be proud, dear friend.

  17. Jo Jo March 23, 2012

    That’s an exhausting list, unless you just take it one task at a time. That is doable and there is no timetable, so when you are able, pick one and get at it.  🙂
    I can’t think of anything I have only dreamed of and done nothing to make it happen. I do have a list of things I dreamed of, did and failed!  lol  I also have a list of things I dreamed of, did and succeeded so it all evens out.  

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 11, 2012

      Wonderful to hear that you are living out your dreams, Jo. And thanks for the tip.

  18. BrendaMoguez BrendaMoguez March 23, 2012

    I love that you did that.  I have finished my novel -it’s shiny, edited, and sparkly even.  Now I ride the agent query coaster ( so unpleasant) .. Anyway,  I had a form letter rejection from an agent that started ‘Dear Author (she didn’t even take a minute to write my name).. I am too busy to read  …  ‘   Of course, I was devastated.  I know it’s part of the process but it rocked my faith in myself.   Feeling the weight of the world, I took the plunge and wrote to a favorite author of mine (not to ask for help) I don’t even know what I was thinking.  Anyway, she actually responded and was nothing but encouraging.  Which.. I needed and need.  After, I bucked up and am braced for what comes next.  I remind myself every time I feel a little low that it’s tough following our dreams, living our passions, but if we don’t we will never know.  I am so glad you wrote Mike, for reasons I can’t explain, it gives me hope.   In the meantime, and to keep myself grounded I am working on the second novel.  I an not going to yield. 

  19. SulekhaRawat SulekhaRawat March 22, 2012

    WOW, Corinne..there is no harm in asking, the worst is they will say no, right? I am so tempted to ask my dream writer for a guest post on my site 🙂  We must dream and act on them too. Great paot.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 11, 2012

      Absolutely, Sulekha. Good luck with your request. I can see you’re acting on your dreams!

  20. Dawn Storey Dawn Storey March 22, 2012

    Congratulations! As one of my former co-workers used to say, “If you don’t ask, they can’t say yes.” By the same token, if you don’t try, you can’t succeed! I need to think about your question – I know there are several answers, a couple of which come to mind immediately. Thank you for the challenge!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 11, 2012

      Thanks, Dawn. I’ll remember what your co-worker said for a long time! Wishing you luck with your own challenges!

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