I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I'll cross the stream, I have a dream
What was your dream when you were a kid?
I know my dream gradually evolved along the years but the two things I have always wanted to be were a teacher and a mother. Yes, I did dream of becoming an entrepreneur too but deep know, I did realise that was a little too far-fetched. In a sense, most of my dreams came true for me and even up till this day, I still have the passion to teach and the desire to raise my own kids.
Remember I told you that at four years old, Angel has a long list of ambitions including wanting to be a teacher, doctor and zookeeper? While I do think it is totally fine for her to slowly find a sense of direction in her life and determine what she truly wants to be in future, I also think I ought to let her know about the importance of having a dream. That was even more emphasized by the fact that instead of stating her own ambition during her Show and Tell session in school, she decided to copy her best friend instead and announced that she wanted to be a singer.
Dream Big, the second in Nick Vujicic's Give Me a Hug series, is the perfect book to start teaching my girl about having dreams, learning from failure and overcoming fear with courage.
What is a dream?
To have a dream is to have faith and to pursue life with purpose. Our life is driven by our dream.
Dream exists in our hearts long before it comes true.
Just like a tree. Before it grows to be a tree, a seed has to be planted."
I like how Nick sees a dream as a seed. Likewise, I too believe that there is a seed of dream in every child's heart and with good care like positive words, nurturing care and acts of love, these seeds will grow to become big, strong trees. On the other hand, negative thoughts and discouraging words will only channel negative energy and water the seeds with polluted water.
Like the first book, at the end of every chapter, there will be a summary of the lesson learnt. For me, I think this might be too difficult for Angel to comprehend and I have to translate it in layman's terms for her. Actually, I do think the lessons learnt are more suited for the parents to read and act as constant reminders for ourselves. Other than encouraging children to have a dream, this book also reminds parents to give positive strength and have faith in our kids so that they can have believe in themselves in the first place.
I was going to ask her which of the two books by Uncle Nick (yes, we call him that) she prefers and when I was looking for them, I saw that she had removed both Dream Big and Give Me a Hug from her library and kept them in a drawer in her cupboard. Well, I guess I can say that these books definitely have a special place in her room and her heart.
May all our dreams come true.
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Disclosure: We received a copy of Dream Big for review purpose. All opinions are our own.