Dream Child: Follow Your Dreams

Dream Child: Follow your Dreams

Dream. Dream big, Child. Follow your dreams. They will take you places you once only dreamed about.


It all starts with a first step. A few new steps each day and you are on your way toward your dream.


Don’t be afraid to pursue your dreams. Remember, nothing can keep you from your dreams, but you. The fear of failure is only an illusion. When “No, I can’t” comes knocking, knock him out with “Yes, I can!”


You will learn that failure is only an excuse. It is only a temporary set-back. One step back. Two steps forward. And you are on your way again. Each step is a stepping stone leading the way on the path to success.


Thomas Edison had a dream. He dreamed he would one day invent the light bulb. But each time he tried, he failed. He failed more than one thousand times, but he never gave up. He said he welcomed and accepted all those little failures along the way knowing that each one was simply the next step to his ultimate success in bringing new light to the world.


What is your dream? Do you want to become a doctor? An athlete? An architect? An actor? A teacher? A dancer? Musician? Artist? Writer? Scientist? Inventor? Do you want to cure cancer? Do you want to help make the world become a cleaner, safer place, a more peaceful place? A place to ponder? A place to dream?


Goal Mind

Success begins the moment that

You set your goal in place;

Take time to savor every step

For life is not a race.

—Charles Ghigna


The High Road

The path to inspiration starts

Upon the trails we’ve known;

Each stumbling block is not a rock,

But just a stepping stone.

—Charles Ghigna



Do not let fear confine your life

Inside a shell of doubt;

A turtle never moves until

His head is sticking out.

—Charles Ghigna


Solid Goal

Don’t let the distance to your goals

Keep you from your dreams;

It’s never really quite as far

As what it often seems.

—Charles Ghigna


True Grit

The move from failure to success

Takes more than simply grit;

It starts when you first realize

You know you’ll never quit.

—Charles Ghigna


Dreams Allowed

Don’t be afraid to dream aloud

The things you want to do;

Just saying what is in your heart

Will help your dreams come true.

—Charles Ghigna


The Worst Bad Word

Try to think of all the words

That you could live without;

Make a list of all those words

And throw the worst word out.


It’s not a very easy task,

You might just rave and rant;

But don’t give up before you find

The worst bad word is can’t.

—Charles Ghigna


[Editor’s Note: Speaking of Thomas Edison, enjoy this overview of just a few of the many inventions he created. This article “A Lifetime of Invention” appeared in the July 2005 issue of COBBLESTONE. Or better yet, get the entire issue about this great inventor and share it with some of the young dreamers in your life.]


Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Abrams, Boyds Mills Press, Charlesbridge, Capstone, Orca and other publishers, and more than 5000 poems, many of which appear in textbooks and anthologies, and in newspapers and magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and as a nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He has spoken at schools, colleges, conferences, libraries, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America. For more information, please visit his website at FatherGoose.com