Weekly Image Of Life: Of Dreams And Freedom

Celebrating Our Dreams And Freedom

Ten years ago, I had a dream. Just like anyone else those dreams were laden with hope and positive optimism. One of those dreams was to have a family. A family to share my world and all life’s adventures. Another dream was to give my family a better, brighter future. A future where they can feel safe, comfortable and free to pursue their heart’s passions. A future where then can pursue happiness with the greatest chance of achieving it.

Just like the famous words of Sir Martin Luther King, ” I Have A Dream,” all of us have our dreams for ourselves and for our family. There are the basic dreams to have the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. There are the dreams to achieve love, peace and harmony in the family and around the World. There is the much priced dream of freedom from bondage from all sorts of reasons. Freedom from poverty, oppression, tyranny, debts, unhappiness, sickness, abuse, drugs and other vices that kept us in darkness for so long. Then there’s the dream to really “breathe” unrestrained and celebrate an inner joy that comes from a heart that found life’s meaning. A heart that has reached fulfillment, calmness and the ability to be grateful everyday.

For as long as we are alive, we constantly dream. Today my dreams are:

1. To celebrate life in the most joyful, fun and exciting way.

2. To create a brighter, safer, happier future for my son and his generation. To walk and share his dreams wherever it will take him.

3. To live a life of faith. To believe that there is a heaven and a better place for everyone out there.That after the trials, hardships and tribulations a ray of light and hope awaits that will take all our pain away.

4. To wake everyday at peace and feeling happy.

5. To travel to amazing, beautiful, even magical places.

We saw a sleeping sand dragon last Sunday while playing at the beach. My son rode it’s back waiting for it to soar and conquer the skies.

6. To run free and let go. Free from debts, stress and Earthly worries. Free from fear, heartaches and past painful events. If not forever, at least for as long as possible.

7. To live a life of love. A love generously shared with family and friends. A love that simply gives without expectations. A love that last and endures.

8. To see and celebrate each new day’s sunrise and simply enjoy life as it unfolds.

Galveston Island at dawn.

Last Monday, I went out to have a walk by the seawall to watch the sunrise. It was quiet and peaceful. I was able to catch the transition of the night with its full Moon exiting smoothly to welcome the Sun’s entry to start a brand new day. It was the most beautiful sight and feeling beyond description. It’s like for a few minutes, I had a glimpse of heaven’s doors and it was a vision like no other.

Everyday, we live and celebrate our dreams and the joys of freedom. May we never forget how we got them or who sacrificed their lives so we may enjoy ours. Today, America celebrates Independence Day. A day when America remembers the forefathers who made the dreams of freedom and independence possible. It is also a day to honor the men and women who offered their lives and continues to offer them so that those dreams continues to live and flourish. People around the world have their own celebration of freedom, hope and independence. Each of these celebrations means a lot of things to a lot of people. One thing for sure, freedom is for all and we need to respect one another’s basic right to dream and be free.

Thank you once again for sharing your day with me. May this post inspire you to embrace and see the beautiful images around you. May you capture these images not only with your camera but with your heart.

As part of the weekly tradition, I would like to honor and celebrate the amazing bloggers and their blog namely:

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/weekly-image-of-life-breathtaking/

http://playamart.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/weekly-image-of-life-breathtaking/

http://firstandfabulous.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/weekly-image-of-life-breathtaking/

Here are several beautiful and moving post related to freedom and the dreams we have in our hearts.

http://thirdeyemom.com/2012/07/05/are-we-becoming-complacent-with-freedom/

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/weekly-image-of-life-of-dreams-and-freedom/

http://jayjaysfavorites.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/weekly-image-of-life-of-dreams-and-freedom/

http://freezeindigo27.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/weekly-image-of-life-of-dreams-and-freedom/

http://canadiantravelbugs.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/weekly-image-of-life-dreams-freedom/

http://seraphim6.me/2012/07/09/of-dreams-and-freedom/

http://playamart.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/dreams-freedom-weekly-image-of-life/

http://eof737.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/reflections-on-a-happy-fourth-of-july/

http://mikepillowsphoto.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/timeless-voices/

http://thirdeyemom.com/2012/07/04/a-small-town-celebration-of-the-fourth-of-july/

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/founding-fathers/

http://mistyshoreschesapeakes.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/remember/

http://likeitiz.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/heres-to-the-fourth/

Next week we get to celebrate 3 new bloggers and their wonderful world. For those who wish to join, follow the link below, grab the widget and share your life’s journey with us. The more, the merrier!

 http://thismansjourney.net/2012/06/13/weekly-image-of-life-happiness/

All images taken from an iPhone 4 camera using Camera + App. My friends, have fun discovering and creating the most beautiful images everyday. They are a part of the unforgettable memories you make in this lifetime.

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A devoted husband and father who tries to make a positive difference in the lives of his family and friends. A person who finds inspiration and strength on those he loves and who loved him in all aspects of his life.
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120 Responses to Weekly Image Of Life: Of Dreams And Freedom

  1. cobbies69 says:

    fab post and pictures, love it. .;)

  2. Kaval says:

    beautiful shots!

  3. Thank you so much for this honor! There is no doubt that you and your family will one day enjoy that sea turtle experience! Muchas grrrrrrrrrracias! Z

    • Your welcome my friend. It’s a joy and honor to share your post. I think everyone needs a piece of thie magical place. One day, i believe I get to see those baby turtles. Thanks and best wishes…

      • Totally missed this comment and the one about el matal ecuador; thank goodness wordpress has a system of checks a balances like the notiications folder! it’s a great hind-catcher!
        yes, that area around el matal ecuador has carribean-like water! it’s gorgeous on a clear sunny day!

        playa san miguel is often described as one of the most beautiful beaches in costa rica. those baby sea turtles are true icing on the cake! z

  4. thirdeyemom says:

    Reblogged this on thirdeyemom and commented:
    I have been following the Island traveler’s beautiful blog for over a year now and he never fails to inspire me with his inspiration, beauty and prose. This post in particular has struck a chord with me today as we celebrate our independence and what it truly means. Freedom. I have dedicated my life to advocacy and volunteer work that I dream revives hope for our future, here the United States and abroad. Let freedom ring!

    • Thank you for sharing a post that strikes deep into our hearts and inspire them. Freedom is a priceless gift that we all should celebrate everyday. It also reminds us that not everyone gets lucky and that there are people out there who have not enjoyed its benefits and that is something we all should work together, making sure everyone gets to enjoy this priceless blessing.

  5. thirdeyemom says:

    This is so achingly beautiful that I had to share it and reblog. We must never forget our freedom nor become complacent with it. Let’s hope for a future that continues on this path and offers our children and future generations the freedom that started this country. Let’s hope that freedom becomes a right for every human being regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, political views and birth. Let freedom ring! Thanks for inspiring me!!!!

    • Thank you my friend. That is such an honor coming from a blogger who inspired me in so many ways. This I share with you, “Let’s hope that freedom becomes a right for every human being regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, political views and birth.” Yes, let freedom rind loudly to all corners of the world. It must had been fate when I took these pictures. My son wanted to ride the “Colonel” boat at Moody Gardens and we sat at the back with the American flag. People of different races would stand close to it and I simply took a priceless , fleeting moment. Everyone stared at the flag, perhaps remembering their own stories of freedom and struggle. It was inspiring! Have a great 4th of July!

  6. Madhu says:

    What beautiful sentiments! Like I commented elsewhere, However much we crib about our countries and governments, the freedom to crib is a blessing we should never fail to count.

    • That is so right Madhu, “the freedom to crib is a blessing we should never fail to count.” May we all remember the gifts of freedom. Thank you….

  7. adinparadise says:

    Your post is just so beautiful; your photos, and your writing speak right into my heart. I feel I know you as a good friend already. Your dream is shared by so many people all over the world. I wish everyone will find their dream fulfilled one day.

    • We become friends and family by sharing a similar heart and vision. By sharing a similar dream and helping each other out to attain them. Thank you my friend. Our journey is all interconnected. Best wishes to you and your family.

  8. shabnamphoto says:

    Beautiful, the pictures are simply beautiful and heart warming, keep going island traveller you have a purity we all seek :-)

    • Thank you. I try my best to walk everyday on a road hopefully heading to a path of goodness but it is hard and I have so much bruises from the many falls, shortcomings and mistakes that I made again and again. I’m just like any man and woman out there trying their best to seek and live a life that is right… but the road is less scary when you know that you are not alone.

  9. Beautiful post. I love that you share your gratitude so freely – I think that must be one of the secrets to a contented life – - being grateful. Thank you.

    • Thanks Brooke. I think a grateful heart is the secret to a contented heart as well. When we appreciate even the smallest blessings that we have, we realize that we were so lucky from day one. If we look more on the positives instead of nagging on the bad, we will all see that life was and is beautiful. The world will always have pessimists, let there be two less of them and two more of the optimist. Okay, that is you and me by the way….Take care!

  10. Gilly Gee says:

    A truly beautiful post, thank you once again.

    • Thanks Gilly. The blessings we have are something that we should all share with joy. May it inspire others to embrace theirs as well. I know that a lot of people may not even be aware of how fortunate they are to have this tremendous freedom to be almost anything.

  11. Freedomborn says:

    Hi island traveler, we do appreciate your photography there is a real beauty and reality in it but what captures our heart is your sharing your thoughts, feelings and family with us, these speak volumes about who you are and that is very much a gentle, caring, warm and compassionate, man who Loves others.

    As you know my Blog name is Freedomborn this expresses the Freedom we have in Jesus when we are Born Again of God’s seed, sadly not many realise we have it and not many Churches teach about it today but it is also a reality and one that needs to be recognised …we are all indeed people of worth to God or He would not have sent Jesus His beloved Son because He Loved us all so much. My dream is for all of God’s heart Children to know this Truth, so they can be greatly blessed beyond their imagination.

    Thank you for sharing from your heart – Christian Love from both of us.

    • Thanks Pat and Ron. Your words never fail to inspire me to strive to be better, to walk the road of light harder and farther one day at a time. “we are all indeed people of worth to God or He would not have sent Jesus His beloved Son because He Loved us all so much. My dream is for all of God’s heart Children to know this Truth, so they can be greatly blessed beyond their imagination.” The truth is beautiful and may it inspires us everyday with each battle, with each trial , with each dreams we make. God bless you both always…

      • Freedomborn says:

        Well my friend, I don’t know who Pat is but she better not get to close to my Man … He is mine !!! :oops:

        Love Anne

      • Oops, my apologies Anne. I don’t know where the name Pat came from but I did knew Pat and Ron of California, two of my first dear friends when I was new in America. That must be it and writing stuff when I just woke up. In a way, you and Ron remind me of them. They were also kind and generous. As for our battles in life, yes, God is there to win it for us. All we need to do is ask and acknowledge his great heart and power. God bless you both always.

  12. Beautiful dreams. May they all come true.

  13. Ou have some stunning photos, and heartwarming thoughts. Isn’t the dream you are living what everyone deserves? I hope that one day it shall be so. Thank you for sharing these sweet moments and thoughts with us.

    • Everyday, I continue to pursue and fight for my dreams and that of my family. It’s never easy. I believe all of us do. Some harder than others. Some longer to reach than others but for as long as we keep on going, never giving up,we will attain them one day. If not today then tomorrow. If not tomorrow then the day after. However long it takes! Thanks.

  14. Bravo, wonderful post and dreams!! As always your photos are superb. May all your dreams come true!!

    God Bless and have a wonderful day!!

  15. Here’s hoping all your dreams come true. Beautiful post. Thanks for the mention and have a Happy 4th of July, you and yours. :-)

  16. restlessjo says:

    If we could each allow one another our dreams, the world would be a better place. I love yours, and your sunrises light up the world with warmth.

    • Thank you. Wishing for you, me and everyone days of attaining and living our dreams. They do light up our world and that of others. To dream is to feel alive!

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    • Such a beautiful post with lots of honest, heart-felt words that celebrates and upholds freedom. This is so true, ““Let’s bring America back to a place of beauty and wonder in the eyes of a child”. If only we embrace and believe in freedom like a child does, this wonderful country will be better if not the best its ever been. People complain about so many things rather than appreciate the ones they already have. The right to life, liberty and pursuit to happiness are the reason I joined the American Dream. I bet millions out there at one point in their lives did or felt the same. Thank you for speaking out and for expressing your opinion. One of the gifts of freedom we all enjoy everyday. Best wishes to you and your family.

    • Thank you my friend for the mention. I appreciate that a lot.

  18. thirdeyemom says:

    You inspired me to rehash some feelings that have been brewing for awhile on freedom. I’m showing my liberal side but it feels great to express my freedom of speech and beliefs!
    http://thirdeyemom.com/2012/07/05/are-we-becoming-complacent-with-freedom/

    • I enjoyed reading your post about freedom. So much truth and honesty about it. Everyday, all of us express those freedom but hopefully we do it for the common good. The freedom to express and be heard is such a priceless gift that we all should be grateful. Thank you for sharing a very timely, heart-felt informative post. Best wishes to you and your family.

  19. MikeP says:

    Ah yes… you said it all and your photos bring the message home. Just finished watching the fireworks on base. Family’s together playing loud and then the cannon roars and everyone stands and it is very quiet,,,, we are talking 10 football fields of people… civilians , military and children. The anthem plays and then the fireworks. It never ceases to amaze me how the silence brings on thoughts of respect, sacrifice and that our family is OK. You forget about the negativity on the news and just let the light and sound sooth the soul. Happy 4th to you and your family.

    • Wow, Mike. That is one amazing event. I wish one day I get to see something like that in person. So much truth in these, “It never ceases to amaze me how the silence brings on thoughts of respect, sacrifice and that our family is OK. You forget about the negativity on the news and just let the light and sound sooth the soul.” Just beautiful words drifting straight to one’s heart ….Thank you. Best wishes to you and your family.

  20. SidevieW says:

    Beautiful post, what so many want, simple nd real beauty in ones life. Happiness and peace in ones soul

  21. eof737 says:

    Wonderful post. Your dreams and photos are truly special… Keep hope alive. ღ˚ •。* ♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* °♥ ˚ • ★ *˚ .ღ 。*˛˚ღ •˚ ˚ Happy Independence Day Greetings! ˚ ✰* ★˚. ★ *˛ ˚♥* ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ღ ˚ 。✰ •* ˚ ♥

  22. imexcited says:

    Beautiful post! I enjoyed your photos as always and your words are truly inspiring. God bless you and your family.

  23. dadirri7 says:

    such a wonderful post, beautiful images and such a vital idea, dreams! i have been sick and not posting or even reading posts, but my dream of getting better has been fulfilled, now we are going to see a friend who is dying from a brain tumor, it is a long journey but necessary, so maybe no posting for a while yet …. we shared many working and social years of pleasure with this man and he enjoyed his life to the full too, serving his community with enthusiasm … just the sort of man who would help fulfill your dreams of a better world! blessings island traveler xxx

    • I wish and pray that you will get well soon. I pray that your friend will have a miraculous cure if not, to feel no pain and suffering, to be surrounded by family and friends and their love for him. Everyday, I hear of death and sickness among family and friends. I wish I too could be there physically with them. I wish you a safe trip and your family. We will all be here waiting when time permits for you to share. For now, your friend needs you. God bless you my friend

  24. Cheryl says:

    Spectacular array … #3 is my absolute favourite.

    • Thank you. I kept watching the different kinds of people, standing close to the flag. Each one seemed to be reflecting on something, thoughts so deep it seemed to have floated with the wind, hopefully heading where they need to be. Freedom and dreams, two things we all journeyed from the moment was started walking.

  25. likeitiz says:

    Our children will change this world!

  26. fgassette says:

    A beautiful post with some amazing photos. I love how you combine the story telling in your post. Thank you for listing my blog.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    • Your words caused me to shed a few tears. I was with my friends yesterday, all sharing a similar dream, a similar journey. We shared how we all started, leaving our families, our homeland to go to America and parts of Europe and the Middle East. It was very humbling. Knowing where we came from and realizing where we are heading, and the “original” dreams we craved in our hearts will help set our life and priorities in the present. If we strip all the worldly material non-sense and negativism, it was the pursuit to life, liberty and happiness for ourselves and our love ones that inspired us to follow our dreams no matter how scary or uncertain it was at first. Great post my friend…and who can forget these words, “Free at last, free at last

      Thank God almighty

      we are free at last.” May we all never forget…

  27. Francesca says:

    It is amazing to see how you achieved your dream of a family and keep on going forward to always make it better. Following our dreams it isn’t always easy but it is as well what drives me to make choices in life.

    Life is beautiful, in any sort of form.

  28. Karen Wan says:

    Beautiful blog post, and thank you very much for the pingback to my blog as well! I love the way you tied together your dreams and our right to freedom everywhere.

    • I think everything around us, ourselves included are all interconnected . Everyone hopes to be free from anything that binds them, everyone wish to find love and happiness, everyone wish to follow their dream at certain aspect of their journey in life. Thanks Karen. Best wishes.

  29. Wow these birds flying in such freedom… When I have the opportunity to watch such a beautiful scene I feel like time has stopped and I take a deep breath… of hope for a better future :)
    Keep on dreaming! And shooting these breath taking photos!

    • My son was feeding the seagulls. They look scary at first just hovering a foot away above our heads but other than being accidentally “pooped” at, they were fun and gentle creatures. We had a great time with lots of laughter. We fed them again while at the beach and just as fun. Thanks.

  30. Beautiful pictures and sentiments… It’s heartwarming to know that so many of us share the same dreams, and feel the same deep gratitude for the sacrifices of those who came before us. I love the picture of your son walking towards the seagull on the empty beach – priceless!

    • Thanks Barbara. Looks like we all share a similar hopes and dreams. I think it’s all part of our humanity and what drives us each day. My son was trying to catch the seagull but it flew as soon as he approached it. It was a priceless moment.

  31. I hope all your dreams come true :-)

    Happy Independence Day!

  32. Sabina Brave says:

    I like all pictures, but the most 6th one. Birds symbolise freedom. They can fly everywhere. On the background from sunset they looks amazing. :)
    Have a blessed weekend, and all life IT :)

    • Thank Sabina. I am always fascinated by birds. Of how they rule the sky and soar so freely. It was at sunset when I took the shot and for a moment, it felt like the birds descended from heaven. It was breathtaking!

  33. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    A strong and wonderful post, Island Traveller, invoking much reflection on the riches of today. The pictures only enhanced it all. Beautiful.

    • Thank you. True riches is knowing we have people to love and love us back. When we are at lowest moments, these people becomes our source of strength and inspiration.

  34. Judy says:

    Your photos are beautiful and your writing is so meaningful and touching…IT. I enjoyed your post very much.
    Here’s my post: http://jayjaysfavorites.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/weekly-image-of-life-of-dreams-and-freedom/

    • Your words had me quiet, even breathless for a moment. So much truth that it made me feel sad a bit knowing somewhere in this planet, someone has not felt what it means to be totally free, to have the same rights to life, comfort, dignity, respect, to love , hope and dream, to feel that he/she matters and count, to have a voice, to wake up without fear, to enjoy days of peace, to feel “human.” Every word in this post is a cry of every heart out there, just waiting to be heard.
      Judy, these are moving , “We are very blessed to have many freedoms and rights in our country. We can dream about the future; we can find peace and happiness in our work, play and with our family. But not all countries are as fortunate. And even in our own country, every single person does not share the same rights as the next person, still to this day. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. It takes the shine and glory out of the word Freedom, when you have friends who are not treated with the same respect as they deserve.” May inspire them to speak, or speak with them. Truth can be scary, but we all have to face them one day, why not today, right. God bless you and your family.

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  36. fgassette says:

    Here is my entry for Of Dreams and Freedom: The Statue of Liberty http://wp.me/p23TG1-Xj

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    • Beautiful post that rings so true down to the last word. I wish to share the liberty song in your post. “Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
      Send these, the homeless,
      Tempest-tossed to me
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Thanks for sharing these amazing images, with words the emboldens the heart. Take care my friend…

  37. Sartenada says:

    Great post with so many beautiful photos.

  38. Thank you. Beautiful words and photos. Great emotions.

  39. munchow says:

    I think you dreams are truly wonderful and I hope they will all come true (although more than the dream itself it’s the passage to it that makes us grow). Freedom is important, but for me it’s hard to talk about freedom without defining it. Because freedom for one can be tyranny for another. All too often freedom becomes a convenient statement and excuse for one’s own purpose. But thank you for sharing your dreams, they stand as an inspiration certainly for me. (And by the way sorry for having been absent lately, I just haven’t had time to comment the last couple of weeks).

  40. I couldn’t agree more, “Because freedom for one can be tyranny for another.” Freedom should be for all. We need to be sensitive to others, respect their rights as much as we want them to the same for us and for others. Let freedom be a way of life and not mere words and promises like the ones our politicians seemed to be singing nowadays. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  41. Sony Fugaban says:

    Beautiful words really last a lifetime. Those, bro, are what you’re giving to us — ALWAYS!

    • Thanks Bro. Words comes from a heart that saw and felt inspiration. My family and the moments we had together inspired me to create and make something that we will celebrate and remember years from now. Best wishes to you and your family.

  42. rommel says:

    You touch us in so many ways.

  43. dearrosie says:

    I think the reason we your readers enjoy reading your blog is because you’re always so honest. We do all have dreams….
    Your pictures are really beautiful – especially the one’s of the clouds and the seagulls .

    • Thank you my friend. It makes it easier to open up and just be myself because I have you guys to back me up. I have not experience a more accepting, positive and encouraging group of cyberspace friends. It’s like having our little own supportive community group. I think that is rare and priceless and we all should try to nurture it for as long as we can. Best wishes to you and your family.

  44. ristinw says:

    Have a great week, Island Traveler! :D
    Those images are beautiful! I love the sunset series and the beach! You’ve brought us a great gift in the weekend! So many thanks!

    • Thanks Ristin. The Sun’s rising and setting cycle never fails to stop me at my tracks and just be swooned by its beauty. It always inspires me everytime. Have a great weekend my friend.

  45. Food Stories says:

    Congratulations, Island Traveler … Your post “Weekly Image of Life: Of Dreams and Freedom” was chosen as our weekly featured post (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blog-award-weekly-featured-post/) … Hope you’ll check it out :-)

    • Thank you. Blessing comes in many forms and being recognized by other fellow bloggers is on top of my list. I’m honored my friend. You made my day awesome today. Best wishes to you…

  46. Ron says:

    Thanks for the great pictures and the theme ,freedom to dream ,I guess America and Australia would be one of the few countries where you can dream and have the expectation of fulfilling them .Well done I/T

    blessings
    Ron

    • Thanks Ron. That is true. I have friends and relatives who migrated to Australia for hope of a better life. These two countries are a place of dreams. How we achieve them after going to these places is all up to us. God bless to you and Anne.

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  48. indiGo says:

    Another image to savor. days to reminisce and dreams to fulfill. Well done Sir!
    i found freedom within this week:
    http://freezeindigo27.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/weekly-image-of-life-of-dreams-and-freedom/

    • Thank you for the beautiful post. I wish to dream your dreams. They are beautiful, generous, selfless, pure , even magical. Freedom is a priceless treasure. People will sacrifice their lives to get it for themselves and their family. I’m glad we got freed from colonialism for 300 years. The next step now is to free every Filipino from the “colonial thinking” that is still so prevalent till today. It’s time for a new beginning, a fresh start just like the awesome sun rays in your first photo. I hope our countrymen starts realizing the joys and pride of our heritage, to value our culture, to appreciate the good qualities that we have and get rid of the bad. I’m with you in bringing a smile to every child in the world. Bless you heart my friend and thanks for this inspiring post. This I will cherish, “Real liberty starts from within – in our hearts. And now that liberty is in our hands and in our hearts, we are also free to dream and pursue those dreams.”

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  50. My dream and freedom is summer holidays. What would you imagine the image to be? Check out my post to see what I came up with. http://canadiantravelbugs.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/weekly-image-of-life-dreams-freedom/

    • I think it’s the best idea there is. I would like to just wake up, off to greet the sunrise, no worries, no time schedules, no expectations, just a series of surprises and endless possibilities. I agree, “time” is one freedom we all want and hope but seems to take for granted until it’s too late. I don’t wish to realize one day that I have to beg for more time because I didn’t venture into the things I always longed to do. You reflection on the theme is so “real and pure.” It is something we all ask ourselves each day but never got the chance to answer. Today is that day to realize time is of priceless value. Today is that day to claim that freedom and use it to its best potential. Your words echoed so true, “The one thing on my mind right now is the freedom of time… no watch, schedule or expectations to meet deadlines and rush from here to there and get this done as the to do list grows longer. I can sleep late, stay up later and just hang out. Things get done when they get done.” Would I want this today and everyday? Absolutely! Thank you for sharing a post that mirrors our hope each day. Have an inspiring day my friend.

      • My work is full of deadlines and I always tease the kids and say if you can build me something that will give us more time you will be a billionaire! So true time stops for no one and we must enjoy each minute.

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    • Thank you. Time is something we can’t have enough of. Just like you, I wish I can just wake up to do anything. No pressures, no deadlines, to schedules, no stress. I think it is one of the most precious kind of freedom out there. As for teachers, I truly appreciate their gifts to us all. What I know now won’t be there without them. My son is now entering grade 1 and I see the same spark in his eyes when he talks about his teachers. Have a blessed day!

  52. Jepiner says:

    We owe it to the people who sacrificed their lives to give us freedom and to make sure we’ll make our dreams come true. Very beautiful post. Most of the dreams mentioned above are my dreams yet to be fulfilled. :)

    • Thank you Jepiner. I hope and pray that all of your hopes and dreams will come true. I believe everyone of us deserves to have our dreams turn into reality. Everyone deserves to be free, to be happy, to feel that life is indeed beautiful as it’s always been and should always be. Take care….

      • Such beautiful post. I enjoyed the trip to the past. I am too a nostalgic person and I value memories of the people I love. As for luck and destiny, I agree, ” However, I believe that one’s future is not only in one’s luck but in one’s persistence, hardwork and faith.” Fate prepared a series of roads for all of us but everyday we make decisions that influence those roads and which direction it heads into. I would like to believe that in the end, every person hopefully would reach those final roads that leads to a door of ultimate meaning and happiness. I know that not everyone gets to reach their final destination because somehow a sudden split decision made a grave result. I hope and pray that we all get to make the right choices with faith and persistence. Thank you….wishing you all the best.

  53. Sunshine says:

    Hi Island T.!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and your ‘sleeping dragon’ image is simply the best…your son is so cute. I’m thinking you need to have a half dozen or more–cute kids, not sleeping dragons…just saying. :)
    Anyway, here’s my take this week: Of Dreams and Freedom: http://wp.me/p1RzUf-1dj
    ~May His radiant light and His face shine upon you and your loved ones…;)

  54. Thanks Sunshine. It is tempting to have more kids. I bet every moment of everyday becomes a endless source of discovery and adventure. I wish I have more “time” to have more time for everything. I do wish to experience more tales of encounters with sleeping dragons and anything magical with my family. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we wake up each day feeling like that? Have a blessed day my friend. Your radiance is inspiring!

    • Sunshine, that is one “spectacular” post! I do have friends like Lindsey. They see the world as mostly “bad, negative, unhappy, hopeless.” I feel sad in a way for them. I would listen and try to brighten things up but in the end, how we perceive life and everything around us is all up to every “individual.” Happiness is from within. We can be the richest , most famous person in the world and feel “empty.” I would like to embrace your train of thoughts and I hope everyone who reads them would do the same. ” When I see my dreams slowly becoming reality, it feels like my world becomes filled with millions of bouquets of aromatic and colorful flowers!” If our world is filled with thoughts and visions like these, wouldn’t it be totally amazing? My challenge for all of us is to try to paint each day with millions of sweet smelling, bright, joyful and positive thoughts…like the aromatic bouquets of flowers. Thank you for sharing a very inspiring post…down to the last word! Best wishes to you my friend…

  55. You state so beautifully what we tend to take for granted. And the photographs and amazing. Your son is one lucky child…

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  57. Hey Amigo
    Tis tardy, but here’s my contribution to this week’s theme of Dreams & Freedom. You will surely want to visit Costa Rica after you see these precious moments with children! Z

    http://playamart.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/dreams-freedom-weekly-image-of-life/

  58. fgassette says:

    If you would like to take part in the 7 Super Shots, look here. http://wp.me/p23TG1-11f

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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