How often do you give yourself permission to dream?
Acclaimed Australian novelist, Bryce Courtenay, said ‘The combination of learning to dream and getting into the habit of asking yourself questions is, I believe, the beginning of a way to live a happy and original life.’ His small treasure of a book, A recipe for dreaming, has been on my bookshelves since 1996 when I heard him talk in Geelong. The charismatic creative signed my copy and waxed lyrical about the importance of dreaming in our lives – something I realise I’ve been too busy for lately and, on the occasion of my 41st birthday, plan to reclaim next year.

‘If you don’t know where you’re going, then how will you get there? Visualise! Make pictures in your mind. See the destination. Imagine your arrival. Dream in perfect detail. See yourself the way you want to be when you arrive. See yourself arriving. Make yourself a road map and study it every day until you know the way and the destination by heart.’ (Bryce Courtenay, A recipe for dreaming)

Courtenay, who passed away in 2012, leaves behind a wonderful written legacy. A recipe for dreaming is just as relevant today as it was when first published in 1994. A beautiful stocking filler, track one down for the family this Christmas.

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