Monday #22: What Will You Build?



You have just arrived on a beautiful island and… guess what? It’s going to be your new home! As you take in the amazing view from where you stand, you notice that all the things you need to build the perfect house on this very spot are there waiting for you. Best of all, you know just what to do and you possess all the skills and knowledge to build the house of your dreams.

You begin to build. It is easy because you know just what to do, you have all the pieces in front of you and they fit together just right. You build the floors and the walls and the place starts to take shape. The rooms look just the way you want them to, the windows open to the views you like the best and the colors, patterns and textures throughout the entire house are your favorite ones. As you continue your work, you listen to the sounds of the ocean drifting in and out, you smell the clean sea air that fills your lungs with each breath, and you feel the warm breeze wrapping itself around you. The day goes by quickly as you construct your new home and watch the sun make its path through the endless sky.

When your house is finished, you stand inside it and take in all that you have just done. It is beautiful. It is comfortable. It is yours. You are in the right place.

You think of all the people in your life whom you love the most. You are going to invite them over to share the views from your new house. But, before they arrive, you are going to build one more thing…

The next thing you are going to build is going to be even easier. It is the thing that comes from your heart and your soul. It is the thing that expresses the deepest and truest part of yourself. It is the colors, sounds, scents and flavors of your spirit. Perhaps it is a lovely flower garden, or a big bubbling fountain filled with pretty fish. Maybe it is a soft quilt, or a hand-crafted table upon which you will serve a fantastic feast. Or, possibly, it is a glorious symphony that stands your hair on end and makes you swoon with its swirling, harmonious notes. This thing, this thing that is all you, this is what you will proudly and effortlessly build now.

Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. See your truest thing and… begin.

TRY THIS WEEK: Imagine the truest thing you could build.

About Dar Hosta James

I am an artist living in New Jersey. I write and illustrate children's books, paint, draw, blog, coach, teach and speak about creativity.
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5 Responses to Monday #22: What Will You Build?

  1. Susan says:

    Dar this is like a lovely meditation. Form one who built a house on the shore and delights in what you wrote and in the beauty I see everywhere which make me more of me.

  2. Kris F says:

    Beautiful and exciting meditation that takes the soul out for a walk around the heart. Thanks for setting us on our path to our own vision. Happy Monday.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dar, I read this a few hours ago and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. “See your truest thing…and begin.” Thank you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Beautifully constructed. Thank you for writing this. You have inspired me to keep following my dream!

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