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Dare Dream Do!!

One of my personal mission is to inspire others to discover their purpose in life.My father would always preach me to learn and cultivate existential intelligence or the ability to make meaning of life.We all need to know the purpose of our lives...that time we have to take out,even its at midnight each night,to figure out what we are meant to do...
It was a gathering of young women,victims of all kinds i was asked to address.The women,confused,hurt,torn apart,all standing on a fuzzy edge of life,looking at me,staring...So,i started with the injunction to "simply begin".Yes,we all have to "simply begin". There comes a time in life when we have to rethink the fundamentals of our lives...disrupt the "status quo". It maybe frightening at first,there will be much that we can't predict,but it is only in the doing that we can ultimately build and sustain a happy life.
I being a voracious reader stressed upon the importance of reading and pulled threads from recently read and hugely inspired ink, "DARE DREAM DO",penned by Whitney Johnson. The book,hopeful,honest and beautifully written tells us to rise above life and pain,teaches us to catalog our talents and channel them towards a thrilling and fulfilling future.The amazing stories makes dreaming accessible without diminishing its power and magic.As an accomplished business leader,Whitney Johnson acutely understands how to translate ambition into action leaving personal tragedies behind.I distributed the book to my fellow women and i earnestly hope it ignites their courage to pursue their aspirations.....remarkable things does happen when we dare to claim our strengths,own our dreams and do what we are meant to do.....'Cut not the wings of your dreams, for they are the heartbeat and the freedom of your soul.'
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage...
I conclude thus,
" I'm not afraid of storms,
for I'm learning to sail my ship"
~ Louisa May Alcott ~

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Wendyiscalm's picture

Hello again,

Got back home in the USA yesterday from my African trip to work with street orphans. I was reading your profile again and this most recent article which I love. It inspires and gives hope. I also like how you always put short poems or quotes in your writing. This gives us something specific to hold on to, especially during our discouraging times, as we are taking our steps to our own personal greatness.

I have just put the last chapter of my book (which is not published yet. I am still in the literary agent finding stage) on my journal about self-empowerment and I thought you might like to read it after I read your message.

You continue to be an inspiration to all of us.

Thank you.



Wendy Stebbins
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

arunima dutta's picture


Hope you are in the best of health and spirits,i am sure you have spread your light of hope and positivity to the street orphans of africa,my prayers are always with you..
Thank you for liking the article,i will surely go through yours and post my views,it will be a great read without doubt..
Arunima Dutta...

Wendyiscalm's picture


Thanks Arunima. It is always nice to reconnect with you.


Wendy Stebbins
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

wanja's picture

A candle loses nothing by lighting another

Hi Arunima,

That is such a refreshing read! I think you would make an excellent writer or motivational speaker.
When you mentioned Whitney, my mind went to Whitney Houston the late singer. I was like, wow! the Diva wrote a book?.. then i saw Johnson!...wonder if there is a connection there.
Sharing a useful book such as this with the women you met is a great thing to do in my view because in my culture we say it is better to show a man/woman how to fish than to give her fish. I hope the women read and get inspiration from your gift to unlock their hidden potential.
I would love to hear more about the women you interacted with on the street though.

Do keep writing and inspiring others!


RachelinBrazil's picture

beginning every day

Arunima -

I love your phrase, "simply begin". I can apply to use every day not just if we are moving past tragedy and starting a new phrase. Every day is a new beginning, and an opportunity to make new choices with our lives. Whether our dreams are big or small, no matter what economic or social situation we find ourselves in, if we embrace opportunity, not only to move forward ourselves, but to help eachother as well, we can accomplish so much.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts - you made my day!

Rachel Lovejoy
Sao Paulo, Brazil

arunima dutta's picture

Simply Begin...

Dear Racheal,
Thank you for taking out the time and going through my write-up..
I was hugely inspired by a quote penned by Rigoberta Menchú Tum (1959-), Guatemalan social reformer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate which stated thus,
"Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind”.
Against all odds we have to rise,we have to ''simply begin''.

Stay Connected.....Stay Blessed.....

Arunima Dutta

Leslie Stoupas's picture

Doing is the best teaching!

Hi Arunima,

I think that DOING is often the best TEACHING! When you worked with these women, you were showing them exactly what they could do to be their most purposeful and successful selves, just by you tapping into your talents and being yourself. How inspiring, and a great lesson for all of us.

Thank you for sharing your story! It is a great reminder of how impactful we can be when we show up to other people in a way that is truly, authentically ourselves. Women make great role models!

Leslie Stoupas

arunima dutta's picture


Dear Leslie,
Thank you for going through my story and offering your valuable inputs..

I believe,life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'....and i guess you can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you...

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths...
Mother Teresa said,''We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.''
Hence,we must all keep doing,keep walking,knowing new ways,showing new ways..

And doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life,isn't it?

Arunima Dutta

arunima dutta's picture

hi wanja...

My dear Wanja,
Thank you for all the encouragement showered,i feel blessed....

Francis of Assisi said,
''Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.''

I want and hope every women out there feel encouraged and driven by the above mentioned quote...

Arunima Dutta

prakash kutty's picture

very inspiring article

very inspiring article arunima....

arunima dutta's picture


Thank you prakash...

Arunima Dutta..

SaiKiGo's picture

Very Inspiring

Hi Arunima, my name is Kiran and I just finished reading your post. I have to tell you that reading your article inspired me to conscientiously set aside time to make sure I am following my purpose and dreams. I think it's wonderful that you're offering this motivation and perspective to the women of India who experience such personally shattering experiences on a daily basis. I would love to hear more of your personal experiences in speaking to groups of women or what you yourself are doing to 'simply begin'. You are a women who I can tell has a lot to offer to others by way of inspiration and motivation. Can't wait to hear more of your stories!


Sai Kiran Gopie
Hon. BSc, MBA
Twitter: @SaiKiranGopie

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