“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
Vincent Van Gogh

Is it me or is there a significant gap between the world we experience and what we believe is possible?

I know I’m often lost in my own thoughts and jottings, but almost daily I find myself drawn to lament the lack of something meaningful — mostly it’s an appreciation of what is or an embrace of nature or to love, deeply.

(Am I the only one who feels this way?)

I used to think we’ve been socialised to appreciate our narcissistic leanings but these days I’m convinced that absent a bigger dream and great gobs of imagination, nothing much is going to change.

At there hangs the dilemma.

How do you bring about or bring back our dreams…for a better world?


Yes, that’s it. We’ve got to release or be released from our faux lives…and dream.

And before you think I’m suddenly going to lurch forward and extol the virtue of goals, don’t worry that’s not where I’m coming from. No, what I see is a world full of dreamers. You know a world where we’d all be allowed to speak about something impossible — and I don’t mean by reference to our current earth-bound reference, but something off the scale of our (current) rational self.

If I could do anything in my work it’s to open a space for everyone I meet or work with to invite the more beautiful question. Nothing would be off limits.

By way of example:

  • What if we were taught to let go and accepted love (in the widest sense) as our life’s work?
  • How could we replace what we’ve taken?
  • How could we rid the world of hate, greed and division?
  • What does a world of collectivism look like as opposed to individualism?
  • What would happen if we placed nature at the top of our hierarchy of needs and not “stuff”?

I know they’re hardly revelatory, but anything’s better than the constant need to pursue an Industrial Model paradigm that’s literally killing everything in sight.


And focus.

Perhaps today as you step out on another day of doing, you might invite a more beautiful question and hold a space for that to grow in your heart. I know it’s nigh on impossible to even contemplate this when you’re in busy, busy, busy mode, but if all we do is repeat the history of yesterday, don’t be surprised if we live out the same problems that to date we’ve not escaped from.

Who am I?

I’m a holistic business coach working with small business owners, professional service firms and high-growth companies who are seeking an inside-out approach to the world of executive coaching. If you’re interested in booking a complimentary coaching session, please call 07588 815384, email juliansummerhayes@gmail.com or connect on LinkedIn by sending the appropriate invitation.

2 thoughts on “The dream is everything

  1. Love the Monday morning John Lennon channelling, Jules! 😉

    (And no, you’re not the only one…)



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