I love serendipities, those things that come along just when you need them; the call to go to lunch when you need a friend, the unexpected financial windfall when you’re most desperate for money, an unexpected hug from one of your children when you’re wondering if anything you do matters. This morning, for me, it was a quote by Mama Gena, “If you could trust your dreams half as much as you doubt them, you would get everything you want.” Wow! What a concept!
What are your dreams?
If you’re human, you have dreams. If you haven’t been taught about dreams, your dream may be as simple as getting through the day without a catastrophe. I know people like that. Then there are those who have a little better handle on life who dream of a nicer car, a nicer home and the things that make life a little easier. I know people like that too. Then there are those who really get dreams. They intentionally spend time dreaming and creating a better world in their imagination, and then they get to work creating that world regardless of the obstacles. Those people become Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jim Carrey and Kelly Clarkson. They also become Harriet Tubman, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King and the Dalai Lama. They have global impact even when they come from the most humble beginnings.
A mother’s dreams
I aspire to be someone with a positive global impact, to have my words lift people up around the world. Before that I have a few other dreams. I dream my children grow into men of character and strength, dignity and leadership. I dream that they find life partners that inspire them spiritually, emotionally and mentally as my husband and I do for each other. Most of all, I dream they fulfill their own dreams. I share these hopes and aspirations with them, so they know how highly I think of them and how big I dream for them. Mama Gena’s quote reminds me to re-visit those dreams frequently and to let go of the everyday frustrations of parenting. That dream is more important than forgotten soccer shin guards, musical instruments and occasional assignments. It is more important than lost sleep during the teen years when our children pick 10pm as a great time to start a long conversation. The dreams for my children are more powerful than the possible nightmare that my children’s future could include the phrase, “Mom, I’m so sorry.”
Dreamers young and old
If you have dreams, somewhere, somehow there is a way to make your dreams come true. Excuses don’t matter. Think you’re too young? Mattie Stepanek, in less than the 14 years he lived on this planet, published six books of poetry, a book of essays, was considered a friend by Oprah Winfrey and was such an advocate for peace that former President Jimmy Carter delivered his eulogy. Add that he was afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy and you have to question why you aren’t living your dreams. Think you’re too old? Famous painter, Grandma Moses, had her first exhibition at age 78. She lived passed 100 and painted over 1000 paintings of American rural life. Is color your issue? The United States has more African American millionaires than ever before including a past President. How about gender? In nearly every male dominated profession, you find women who have risen to the top. Is it easy? No, but very few worthwhile things are.
Ready to live your dreams?
Are you ready to live your dreams? Start small if you have to, but start and trust that the forces that plant the seeds of a dream have the power to help you make it come true. If you have dreams, really look at them. Are they what you truly want or are they what someone else has told you that you should want? What speaks to your soul? What one thing, if you could have it by the end of this year would bring you the greatest joy and satisfaction? Don’t think about how to get it. Think about why you want it and the possibility of having it. Then, make the decision to go for it. Even if you fall short, you’ll be better off than you were when you started.
How my dream came true
Don’t believe this can work for you? Think about this. One year I wanted more money to pay off our debts. I didn’t know how to do it, but I really wanted it. I thought about a certain amount, an amount that was absurd considering our current income and decided the Divine could do anything so I wrote it down and believed. Things started to happen. Books and programs about managing money showed up in my email. Opportunities for overtime showed up for my husband. We made a few difficult decisions like giving up a vacation to repair our car. In December, I almost gave up when something amazing happened. My husband got his year-end bonus. There was nothing unusual about getting the bonus. It happens every year. What was astounding was the amount. It fell short of the amount I dreamed of, but it was over double anything we had seen before. We were speechless and thrilled and humbled by the power of our dreams and how the Divine delivered it.
My dream for you
So today I’ll be thinking about my dreams for this year, for myself, for my family and for all of you. Just in case you’re wondering, my dream for you is that you find dreams that inspires you to become all that you were born to be in the most beautiful way possible. To me, that sounds like Heaven on Earth, and you deserve that. As always, thanks for being you and have a great day!
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