Yes, I'm a talker (ask my husband). Especially when I'm sorting through something that's scary or requires a lot of faith. Like moving across the country or putting myself "out there" in a new way. It's terrifying, so I talk.
Often in circles.
Often I talk myself right out of the thing I thought was the most BRILLIANT IDEA EVER.
I overanalyze and think of all that could go wrong. And yet, when that same dream comes back and taps me on the shoulder, the feelings of I can do this come along with it...at least for a little while.
I've learned that's a great time to take action.
A few weeks ago, I was challenged to create a list. Not just any list. A really important list.
I believe in the power of the list.
I also believe in the power of the handwritten word. I'm on my computer 24/7 but when I step away with my favorite pen and notebook, something wonderful happens... it's like my brain is engaged in an entirely new way.
So I've been thinking a lot about this list. Talking about it. Dreaming about it. And today I want to challenge you to make a list of your own.
This is Step One.
This weekend is Big Dream Weekend for me. I'll still be cleaning bathrooms and washing school uniforms, but while I go about my business, I'll be meditating on these things... the things my heart is longing to do. The big dreams.
And some of them I would never tell anyone.
Others, like "I'd love to be able to hire someone to clean my house once a month" I have no problem putting out there. Because I have a feeling I'm not alone in that.
No dream is too big. No dream is too small.
Now, if you do this with me, you should know something...crazy things might happen. First, you might start to feel like your dreams are frivolous or silly. Especially if they're creative in some way. But creativity is NOT frivolous or silly. It's who you are. It's who we all are, really, whether we know it or not.
I've been thinking a lot about life and dreams and the steps it takes to get the dreams out of dream-state and into reality. I believe it starts with such a list.
So, this weekend is Big Dream Weekend. I expect some opposition. I mean, there will likely be chaos in my house as a result of this declaration. Perhaps I'll wake up feeling especially discouraged or like "What's the point?"
I don't know...but I do know that I'm ready for it. I'm ready to stop talking and start doing.