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"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born." - Dale Turner


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I decided to release this new wallpaper today instead of waiting to do it next week, as I had originally planned. I figured that since I already had it done, and with the available time to do it today - why not? I call this one, "Renew", which makes this my 72nd motivational wallpaper.

I took this photo last spring, but I never really thought of using it in a wallpaper until I came across it this past week. In this photo, there are a couple of concepts that stand out when I study it.

First off, the color of green actually symbolizes the ideas of stability, peace, life, and renewal. With the water and trees, these things point to new beginnings. But besides the green lush grass, the growing trees, and the cooling water, the old bridge in the shot also stands out to me.

You can actually see the "1902" markings etched in the stone near the middle of the bridge, located right of the major crack in the middle. (You may need to download/view one of the larger sizes to order to really see it.) Whether or not the bridge was actually built in 1902, I don't really know - as I wasn't around when it was built. But the year it was built is not as important to me as much as the idea that this old structure is still in operation today, allowing trains to cross over this river to deliver it's cargo to it's destination. Despite its age and condition (old, weathered, and cracked) it still can perform and accomplish it's purpose.

I am now in my early 30's. Gone are the days when I could eat anything I wanted and not have to worry of gaining weight or be concerned about my health. Gone are the days I could run miles without having to put ice on my legs to keep the swelling down. Gone are the days when I felt I could do anything I could possibly dream of doing. (Well, that was how I felt for a while.)

Some people I work with will see me limping along in the office (due to a sports injury now and then), and tell me that I'm getting old. While I know that they mean no real harm in it - as they say it in a jovial manner - it does the job of highlighting the obvious. I am getting old - just like everyone in life does. And with that, some hopes and dreams that one has in their youth start to fade away. I don't think I'll ever play for the Green Bay Packers. I know I won't retire before 30 (since I'm past that mark), or get married and have kids by the age of 33. Some of those dreams aren't possible anymore. Some of them are silly now that I look back and reflect on them. But some worthy dreams are still renewable.

When I came across this image, it helped me see that even though my old dreams didn't come to pass, I could still dream new ones that would align with what I'm meant to accomplish in my life. Dreams that may be more fulfilling for my soul. To find that, I'll need to renew myself daily through prayer and meditation to find what I'm meant to be, to do, and accomplish.

This quote - which ironically was the first one that came up when I was searching for a suitable quote - helped to cement the preceding concept with the image. It actually stirred within me the hope that I can still succeed, despite where I am now, or in what condition. There's still more great days to come. I simply need to renew my mind and spirit, and get that faith I once had back.

The dreams that ignite your passion, and renew your soul are the ones worth holding on to. We must keep renewing the hopes inside of us. Find that place where your springs never dry up and keep renewing your dreams!
- Original blog entry from 09.19.2009

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