“Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle
Good morning peeps, meditation done.
Quote for the Day:
“Hope is a waking dream.”
Ever since I was a child Christmas Eve has been one of my favourite days of the year and in some ways I prefer it to Christmas Day. The reason being is ‘hope’.
When I was a child I would ‘hope’ that Father Christmas would think that I had been a good enough boy and behaved well during the year to get all the Christmas presents I had ask for. On Christmas Eve evening I would almost be bursting with excitement and I wouldn’t be able to get to sleep in anticipation of the big day and opening all my presents.
When I was older and had moved away from the family home I would love getting back to Hassocks for Christmas eve and going up to the Thatched Inn pub, which is at the top of Grand Avenue, which was the street I lived on growing up. I used to love walking in the pub and seeing everyone I had gone to school with and grown up with coming back to see their parents from wherever they were now living in the world. It is one of the advantages of living in a village or small community where everybody knows everyone there is a real sense of belonging. It is the same in Cromarty on the Black Isle in the Highlands where my mum has been living for the last 14 years and the area she was brought up on the family farm from the age of 6 on a farm called Ellan Vannin in Cullicudden, until my granddad died of cancer when my mum was 12. Unable to carry on running a farm after my granddads death, the family relocated “down the road “ to Hassocks, West Sussex near Brighton and this was where I spent my childhood, before embarking on my showbiz career and global travels.
Soon after I left ballet school I auditioned for and got into Vienna Festival Ballet and started rehearsing in preparation for touring Germany, performing ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Nutcracker’ beginning in November, going through right up until Christmas. The director Peter Malik was notorious for being bad at paying his dancers at the time. I was naturally wary, but ‘Swan Lake’ was one of my favourite ballets and besides I had no other job. So off I went to Germany to perform in ‘Swan Lake’. I played the role of the evil Baron von Rothbart. I loved playing the baddie and prided myself on scaring the little girls in the audience with my pantomime like evilness. It was a really hard tour with a ridiculous schedule.
Travelling around Germany, city after city, performing every evening and then travelling through the night hardly ever actually staying in a hotel bed. The minus 30 temperatures reached were like nothing I had ever known. Inevitably Peter Malik lived up to his reputation and was late paying the dancers, when it reached the 2 weeks stage of overdue wages, morale amongst the dancers was really low, and we were frozen, very tired and now also broke and therefore starving. I went to the front of the coach where Peter was situated and sat in the seat behind him, and started cleaning my nails with a German hunting knife and asked him when he thought we would be getting our wages? The next day we received our wages I am not sure if the timing of the payment was a coincidence or a result of my manicure technique?
I got home after a nightmare 2-day journey across Europe by train and coach to Hassocks on Christmas Eve and I have never been so glad to be back in Hassocks on Christmas Eve as then. Tonight I am really looking forward to going to the Royal Hotel in Cromarty and seeing the friends I have made up here from visiting and staying up here over the years and also seeing a lot of the younger generation that are coming back from working away who I know from playing for and running the local football team when I moved up her in 2011 to look after my mum.
Nowadays I am not so much filled with hope regarding receiving Christmas presents as opposed to enjoying a day of relaxing, eating and drinking with my mother and friends of the family.
My real hope, my waking dream is to do with achieving my goals and for the last few weeks my work load, with emails, phone calls costing’s and planning for launching our luxury lifestyle and fitness clubs next year has been insane and last nights final business call with my award winning architect and brand designer Brent Richards made me come off the phone exhausted knowing how much needs to be done in January to hit the timelines of legal contracts, financing, refurbishment and fit out and marketing to launch when we have planned.
I am looking forward to switching off for the next two days and then getting back on it on Boxing Day. To achieve your goals is an everyday occurrence, you have to have them written down and ingrained in your head so they are the last thing you think about before you go to bed and the first thing you think about when you wake up giving you the motivation to get up out of bed and do the things you need to do to achieve your goals.
“Hope is a waking dream”
It is the same in yoga, which teaches us on a daily basis what we need to do each day to achieve our goals, by trying to achieve the different poses or asanas, you may never get to succeed in achieving some of the poses, but the important thing is you have hope and that you try, because the journey is so much more important than actually achieving your goals.
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“Hope is a waking dream”
My other big ‘hope’ is that as a society we learn to live in peace with each other in the world with people of all races and religion.
Christmas is a time of hope, rejoice and peace
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Have a fabulous Christmas Eve peeps and a wonderful Christmas weekend
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year
May all your Dreams come true in 2017
Breathe, Believe and Achieve
Be Happy, Healthy and Wise
Keep on Winning Smiling and Living the Dream