Patience is a Virtue (And a Pain in the Neck)

Remember back in January when we talked about dream boards and Oprah? (Though honestly, y’all fixated more on the fact that I’d never seen an Oprah show than on the splendiferous dream board.)

Today, I remembered something else. To wit, that I’d share a little insight on various parts of the writing dream. So now it’s on to Part I, which I like to call “Patience is a Virtue.” (Though honestly, sometimes I call that part of the process “I Don’t Care What Anybody Says, I Want It Now.”)

So you can probably take a look at the Tibetan Buddhist monks, working on that mandala, and figure out that patience is hugely necessary to achieve results. Lots and lots of patience (and a lack of any allergies). And not just the patience to painstakingly create a masterpiece, but the patience to learn the craft involved. I don’t know all the facts about mandala-making, but I don’t suppose you can take a three hour mandala-making webinar and expect to produce something as intricate as what I saw come together that day.

And what I noticed, as the monks hunched down, carefully picking up a tool, thoughtfully choosing a color, is that there was not one moment–not a single moment–that was rushed. It was so very, very deliberate and purposeful. Nothing else seemed to matter except that little spot, and the proper placement of those colored grains of sand. There was a quality of the sacred in it, and I watched in respectful silence.

So my dream board reminds me to be patient; good things (like a masterpiece of words) come to those who wait. But it also reminds me to work purposefully, and not rush my dream. It will all come together in its own time.

(Though honestly, I really, really want it now.)

Building a Dream Board, Baby

You’ve heard of a dream board, right? A bulletin board or wall or whatever space you choose to slap up words and/or images representational of your dream. And you’ve heard of Oprah, right? She had a talk show for many years where she…okay, I’m not sure what all went on during those shows. I’ve never actually watched an Oprah show. But that’s a story for another day.

Today we’re discussing dream boards and Oprah and oh! Julie Hedlund, too (where I read this post about the dream board).

Honestly, I’m not much of a dream board person. I have bulletin boards with extremely important notes on them. Like “Twitter Password” (where I forgot to write the Twitter password). Or “What are you trying to say, Cathy???” (You’d be surprised how often I lose track of what I’m trying to say–or maybe not.) And I even have a picture or two pinned up as well. There are the Junior Halls and a Pearls Before Swine comic strip (SO hilarious! The strip, I mean, although the Junior Halls are pretty hilarious, too.) But not really what you’d classify as a dream board.

So this whole dream board idea was new to me. But I’m a sucker for making lovely things on the Internets, so I clicked over to the Oprah website and WOW. That Oprah’s everywhere! I mean, that website’s a veritable smorgasbord of self-help. However, in order to avoid getting sucked into the Oprah vortex, you might want to just skip straight to the dream board building.

I designed my very first dream board, and I exported it to my computer so I could add it here (Look! It’s over there, on the right, in the sidebar, too!) and talk about it. But um, I think I’ve gone on quite enough for now. So we’ll look at the stuff on my dream board another day.

In the meantime, you can build your own dream board! And yes, you’ll have to sign up for Oprah.com, but it’s free. You’ll just need a username and a password. (I’ve sorta lost my password already. But it’s probably on my bulletin board, right?)