I have a dream.
I know you have a dream too.
Dreams to humans are as sunlight is to plants. It is woven into our DNA. It is the way our spirit reaches out to something more, something better, something higher than ourselves. Yet few, very few, of us ever realise our dreams, live our dreams. Our dreams get stifled and wither away to mere long forgotten fleeting thoughts. Just as plants cannot grow in darkness and cannot thrive in the shadows of the trees, dreams cannot see the light of day when they are over shadowed by fear, doubt or negativity. The acid rain of unbelief dissolves the fragile wings of our dreams and cripple them mercilessly. Our dreams become ghosts with names like "I-Wish-Had", "If-Only" and "It-Was-Not-Meant-To-Be".
Doubt, Negativity, Unbelief, Self-Sabotage, Fear are all Dream-Killers, and we are their accomplices. We enable these thoughts to destroy our dreams, to relegate them to File 13. We allow our internal dialogue to accuse our dreams , find them guilty without a fair trial and sentence them to a life in limbo. Many years later we find the Cold Case of our dreams on the shelf and we wonder why we ever let go of them, and we are left with the bitter taste of regret in our hearts.
Let us no longer be Dream-Killers. Today is the day of your dream, whatever it may be, however small it might be, or huge. Today is the day to give voice to it. Write your dream in BIG BOLD letters on a brand new blank page. There is nothing that stands between you and your dream except for that which you allow to stand between you and your dream. Look at your dream. Imagine what it will feel like to live your dream. Feel it, taste it. Write everything about your dream down. What it is you would need to make your dream come true. What is the first step you would need to take to make your dream come true? Write it down, be honest. Look at your dream from all sides. Is this truly your dream? It is never any use to try to live someone else's dream for your life, it has to be authentically yours. Remember it is YOUR dream, you need nobody's permission to dream it, no-ones stamp of approval or endorsement. Don't be embarrassed by your dream, or think it is too small or insignificant, or too outrageous or impossible. Don't compromise your dream.
Now that you have been brave enough to write your dream down - in BOLD letters, I want you to make yourself some flash cards. Put these all over the house, in your car, at the office to constantly remind yourself about your dream and the steps you have to take to realize it. Come on now, don't be shy, don't give in to fear. Yes, I know, it is daunting to have it out there in the open, but be BRAVE!
Next it is time to take the first step. No! Don't say you'll do it tomorrow! NOW is the time, the time to stop dreaming and to start DOING. Only ACTION can turn your dream into a reality. Don't put it off for another day, for tomorrow, we don't own tomorrow, we have just this moment. What is it you have to do right now to start your dream journey? Is it putting out that newly lit cigarette? Saying no to the piece of cake sitting on your desk and waiting for you to take the first bite? Signing the registration papers for the course you've been dreaming about taking for so long? Cutting up your credit card? Signing up at the gym? Whatever it is, do it NOW!
Remember, you can be whatever you dream. You have no limits, God created you to be all you want to be. You are not who you think you are, you are everything God knows you can be. Make this the year that you will not only dream, but the year that you will live your dream!! Be like the butterfly that leaves the coccoon , reach out with tender wings and fly. Be brave, little dreamer....
If you flutter by here and would like to share your dream with us, please feel free to do so. Just click on the words "no comment" or "1 comment" and follow the prompts. I am looking forward to hearing from you.