I don’t even know how I stumbled across it. I watched Dallas Clayton do an inspirational talk on youtube one time and I was totally drawn in by his energy, work and words. I remember going to Amazon immediately after hearing him speak and ordering his book that he spoke about- the book that started it all. YUP. That’s right…. It’s a children’s book, and I won’t lie that I love to read it if I ever need a pick-me-up. Someday- when I have kids, I want to read this to them every night and inspire them to dream bigger than they could ever imagine and hope that they remember these words for their entire life. And most importantly: to never let their dreams get boring. Here is the book, I hope it inspires you as much as it inspires me. Let’s all go back to our childhood where everyone was creative, and no dream was too big!
An Awesome Book, by Dallas Clayton
There are places in the world where people do not dream..
Of rocket-powered unicorns, and candy cane machines
Of magic watermelon boats and musical baboons
Or teeny tiny trumpet players training pet raccoons
Yes there are places in the world where people dream up dreams
So simply un-fantastical and practical they seem..
To lose all possibility of thinking super things
Of dancing wild animals with diamond-coated wings.
Instead they dream of furniture, of buying a new hat
Of owning matching silverware, could you imagine that?
Instead they lie awake at night wishing for a car
Not one that runs on jellybeans.. But one that’s reg-u-lar?!
They dream of breakfast sandwiches, they dream of cellphones
Sometimes they even dream of dreams that aren’t even their own.
Yes there are places in the world where dreams are almost dead
So please my child do keep in mind before you go to bed…
To dream a dream as big, as big could ever dream to be
Then dream a dream ten times as big as that one you see
Then once you’ve got that dream in mind please dream a million more
And not a million quiet dreams… A million dreams that ROAR!
A million dreams so loud they scream, so loud they sing and shout!
So super huge they say “Hey world! Guess what I’m dreamin’ about!”
“I’m dreaming about everything that no one thought to wonder..
Dreams so big that they’ve got dreams and they’ve got dreams up under!”
Please dream for those who’ve given up
For those who’ve never tried
Please use your dreams to make new dreams for all the dreams that died
‘Cause you’re the one whose dreams can be whatever dreams you want
Whose dreams can change the way things are, and the way that things are not.
And if they say that all your dreams are too big to come true
You tell them what I told you.. “That’s what dreams are meant to do!”
They’re meant to make you seem as if you don’t know up from down
Because dreams are dreams and that’s why dreams are worth having around!
So when you think your dreaming’s done, just remember what I said
“Close your eyes my child and dream a perfect dream inside your head.”