Stop Dreaming. Start Doing.

Start Now

It’s been three years since I started this blog. And as I look back on the myriad things I did in name of creativity I am filled with joy and gratitude. I am so glad I had the courage to start this blog in the first place. Just reading my very first post here made me realize how good it is to simply start.

Just start. No matter how small it is. If you know you have been keeping that dream since long time ago and you have been replaying those excuses in your mind for the nth time, this is the moment.

Yes. Today is the perfect day to start working on those dreams. If you wait for that   “perfect moment” (when you are no longer too busy… when you have enough money, etc.) prepare yourself for an epic disappointment – because it will never come. I’d like to repeat what I said three years ago:

No matter how magnificent our ideas (or dreams) are they mean nothing until we start acting on them. 

You don’t have to come up with a detailed five-year plan nor spend all your savings impulsively. You only need to begin taking the first step.

Five years back I was searching for something I felt was missing in my life. That was the time when my nursing career was going well yet I felt I was incomplete. After a period of reflection, the moment of enlightenment came. It dawned on me that I’ve been creative all my life and suddenly stopped when I began working as a staff nurse in the old medical ward. I then picked up my brush I bought from a 2-dollar shop and entered an artistic journey that lead to a solo art exhibition this year. If I didn’t have the courage to even start painting I would probably be the same old Kris who wished he’s pursued the things that make him come alive.

Sometimes it’s not necessarily a process of discovery. Sometimes it can be a process of recovery – reconnecting to your passions that you have been keeping in your heart since you were a kid.

Just start. And believe in the beauty of your dreams. As long as you know that it is worthwhile and it will eventually give you an opportunity to give back to this world go for it! I promise you will never regret it.  Because I didn’t. Just like the many others who are now living their dreams.

What are you waiting for?

Take Action

 

You have a choice. You can believe or not believe. But if you believe – whatever you believe – you must act upon it. Otherwise, why believe? … All those things that have happened to you do define you or your life if you fail to take action to define yourself. You can  believe in your talents. You can believe that you have love to give. You can believe that you can overcome your illness or disability. But that belief on its own won’t bring positive change in your life.

You must put it into action.

Nick Vujicic, from his book Untoppable

Inspiration

 

If there are people who are special to you, let them feel that they are special to you. If some people have inspired you, let me know that they brought inspiration into your life. Just doing that very simple thing brings magic in a relationship.

Kris Ancog

The Choice

 

When the pain is too much

And hope seems nowhere to be found,

When the loss is too great

And your glories fall

When your spirit is broken

And your heart is deeply wounded

When your quiet tears

Seem to be your only consolation

 

Never forget

That you still got a CHOICE

 

You can either fight or give up

Yes! Defeat or Victory

The choice is yours

 

Your destiny is in your hands

 

Kris Ancog