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When You Wish Upon a Star: A Story About Pursuing Your Dreams

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."

— Pamela Vaull Starr


What Is Your Dream?

Do you have a dream? Is there something inside you that won't let you rest? Is there something you have always wanted to do since you were a child? Is there something you have discovered recently that you are passionate about and want to pursue?

Sometimes our dreams consume us, but at the same time we can all too easily give up because it seems like a star that is too far out of reach. The story you are about to read is the story behind my profile picture: When You Wish Upon A Star. It is a story written to encourage, to bring hope and purpose to your life, and most importantly to create faith in oneself. I hope you enjoy reading it, and I hope it challenges you to pursue your dreams.... whatever they may be.

When You Wish Upon A Star

When You Wish Upon A Star

Once Upon A Time...

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to dream. She would wish upon stars and dream of the future. She would imagine great happiness and seek after new hope. In fact, the little girl spent most of her days wishing and dreaming and hoping for things that would make her life a little less ordinary.

The more she dreamed, the better she felt. And the better she felt the more she dreamed. Days, weeks and months passed. The little girl continued to wish on stars and wait for the moment when one day, her dreams would come true.

However, the little girl was so pre-occupied with her dreaming, that opportunities passed her by like clouds on the horizon.

One evening when the sky was twinkling with little stars, she noticed something floating by her. It was a little boy clutching desperately to a rope, which was attached to a sparkling star. The little girl stared in amazement before calling out desperately to the boy.

“Are you alright?”

The little boy smiled back whilst clutching onto the rope for dear life.

“What are you doing?” the little girl exclaimed in wonderment.

“I am catching my wishing star”, he replied. “I am going to make my wishes come true.”

The boy surely and steadily began climbing up the rope towards his star, as he continued to pass by the little girl.

The little girl looked up in the sky at all the stars she had ever wished on. There were millions and millions of them, each one twinkling so brightly. Not one of those stars had ever fallen into her lap. Not one of her wishes had ever come true.

This time she looked to a new star and made a new wish. She picked up a rope and with all her might threw it up into the sky. It wrapped itself around her chosen star and she grabbed onto it for dear life.

The little girl’s life was about to change, and change for the better, as she had finally found her ideal.

*Story copyright Rosie Harriott 2011


My Dream

As a child, I would wish on stars, flower petals, and wishing wells, and although I did not really know if any of my dreams would ever come true, they still made me happy because they were my dreams. They were unique to me and me alone. Something inside myself made me desire these things, and dream of them coming true. In a sense they were my ideals for my life. And some of these ideals and dreams I still hold to today.

My dream now is still somewhat of a childhood one, in that as a child, I I loved drawing and writing and wanted to have a job that involved both. Now I am on my way to pursuing a career as a children's book writer and illustrator. It is a dream that requires hard work, persistence and the ability to not let discouragement and rejection get me down. I, like the little girl in my story, have to grab my star and not let it go. Easier said than done. But then that's what pursuing your dreams are all about. Faith, hope and persistence.

When You Wish Upon A Star - Pinocchio


Inspirational Dream Quotes

"We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are." - Tobias Wolff

"When you are inspired by a dream, God has hit the ball into your court. Now you have to hit it back with commitment." - Robert Schuller

"Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius." - Robert Brault

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

"Allow your dreams a place in your prayers and plans. God-given dreams can help you move into the future He is preparing for you." - Barbara Johnson

"When dreams come true, there is life and joy." - Proverbs 13:12

"Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away." - Tom Clancy

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, You'll land among the stars." - Les Brown

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal." - Pamela Vaull Starr