Do you dream? I’m not asking about the images and thoughts that occur while you’re asleep—although that subject is fascinating.
Do you dream during your waking hours;
imagine possibilities that are different from your current reality;
think about places you’d like to see;
entertain “what ifs”?
Or, have you given up on dreaming;
instead choosing to accept the status quo;
not believing that anything outside your current reality is possible;
not trusting that you’re worth anything different from where you are, or how you live?
Each spring I hang a wreath on the front porch. Some years, like this one, a nest is carefully built in it, and before too long, a few tiny eggs appear. Many people wouldn’t want a bird nest anywhere near their home, but I always find it fascinating. The day each little bird hatches is always exciting—new life, new energy, new songs to be sung.
One day, I checked on the first little nestling. She didn’t look good, and I hadn’t seen her mother for two days. I’m certainly not an expert on birds, but Tiny—the name Lauren gave her—didn’t look like she was going to make it, and I couldn’t bear to see that happen on my watch. I went inside, got some water and drop-by-drop got it into Tiny’s open beak. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending and, not long after that, three baby birds spread their wings and flew out into our beautiful world.
The late novelist and philosopher, Aldous Huxley, said, “experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.”
What has your life experience taught you? Have you learned to always consider a myriad of alternatives and choose from your best options, or has life shouted at you, “this is all you can ever be”?
This week, I encourage you to open the floodgates and allow your imagination to run wild.
Step boldly into the world of optimism with unbridled passion.
Be generous with yourself.
What will you do with what your mind can conceive?
Dream B I G!
Then, give yourself permission to feed those dreams.
A few hours ago, Larry sent me a note saying, “Today is your favorite day of the year. Enjoy!” This first day of summer is beautiful; the flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining, and the birds—maybe one of them, Tiny—chirp outside my window. As always, there’s “God in the air”. Today might just be the perfect day to imagine tomorrow.