Robert Louis Stevenson said, “The world is so full of a number of things I think we should all be as happy as kings”. I tend to agree with Robert, don’t you? But there is so much to do, so many places to go, so many friends to see, sometimes I need to take a little break from all those wonderful things and just lay low, stay in, and enjoy some peace and quiet. It’s for this reason I’ve created my Country Inn “In” Days.
On these days everything stops. Well, almost everything. I do cater to simple pleasures and lots of dreaming. You know what Oscar Hammerstein II said about dreaming, don’t you? He said,”You’ve got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream how you gonna have a dream come true?” I’m not just talking about big important dreams, though of course we need those too, but I’m talking about all the little dreams we might have, little ideas that we notice in films, in novels, in the lives of people we know, little ideas we’d like to incorporate into our own lives, but somehow we never get around to doing it.
We see something and we say, “Oh, that’s so nice. One of these days I’m going to have to do that.” But we get busy with our lives and we never give those nice ideas any more thought, so the ideas (let’s call them dreams) never materialize for us.
Dream development. This is what I do on my Country Inn “In” Days. It’s such a simple thing – to turn little dreams into our reality, but we need to find the time to develop these dreams and make them our own. We’re all so busy. We’re doing important things. We’re doing fun things. Some of the time we’re doing nothing at all and that’s ok, but when is our dream development time? Mine occurs on Country Inn “In” Days.
I like to jot down any delightful idea I run across, recording it in a special little notebook I keep near me at all times. Then on Inn “In” Days I sit myself down with a nice drink and design rituals to help make those ideas, those dreams come true.
What are some of your dreams? Would you like to create a lovely tea time ritual for yourself where you partake in some thoughtful activity each afternoon while savoring a cup of tea using all your prettiest china? Ah, so civilized!
Perhaps you heard a friend discuss his walking ritual and you thought it might be a good idea to develop some sort of exercise routine for yourself, getting out into nature more often, but you just never get around to it.
Life requires planning. To have regular times set aside where we identify the things we love – material things, spiritual things, intellectual things – reflect on them, and then design plans to make those things, those dreams, a reality in our lives. This is what my Country Inn “In” Days are all about.
Between partaking in the simple pleasures I would enjoy when on holiday at a relaxing Country Inn, – enjoying things like breakfast in bed, a fragrant bubble bath, a stroll through town stopping at a book store and then a coffee shop, or lounging on the porch – between these simple delights, my Country Inn “In” Day grants me time for dream development.
After all, we must be the artists and architects of our days. Good things don’t usually just happen to us without our own investment of time and effort. When do you put in this time and effort toward making the little dreams of your life a reality?
I think everyone would be a lot happier if they had their own Country Inn “In” Days where they stepped out of routine life regularly and took time to relax, dream, and work at making their dreams come true. What do you think? Perhaps you’ll leave a comment and tell me. But now back to my chaise on this “In” Day for more serious dreaming.
Take Time to Dream