“We are the music-makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams; World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams:  Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world for ever it seems.”

—  Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy

What kind of music do you hear when the world becomes quiet and you sit all alone?

On an early Monday morning, before the rest of the household awakens, I sit alone and let O’Shaughnessy’s words play through my mind.  First, I hear the sounds of nature:  the gentle whispering of the wind, the rippling and tinkling sound of the stream dancing over stones and tumbling downhill through the meadow, the crescendo of bird-song as the sun peeks over the horizon and turns up the volume with each new ray of light, the gentle lullaby of the crickets as they sing the song of darkness bathed only in the glow of the moon.  Soon the music calls forth my own melody, and I find myself singing the words that try to call the images to life and spill them into waking.

If you listen closely, you can hear it — the music of your dreams.  The question is, will you dare today to sing your song for the world to hear?  Will you take the time to listen to your soul and sing its beauty as you live your life?  Will you trust its beauty enough to sing that song right out loud?

The world needs listeners who can hear the music of their dreams.  The world needs singers who are unashamed to share their soul’s song with others and spread its love.  The world needs us to discover the harmonic tones that play when our song merges with that of another singer and increases the beauty of both musical strains.  Only when we liberate our dreams in the light of day can we truly move the world and bring about the change that keeps us all growing in wisdom and love and unity.

As your week begins, take a moment to listen to the music of your dreams.  When the melody is clear and strong, open your mouth and sing.  Bring to the world all the beauty that you carry deep inside your soul.  Sing with me!  Let’s rock our world with joy!