You know, I've been thinking a lot lately about dreams. How scary they can be. How hard it is to get started. How sometimes, as one commenter said yesterday, you don't even dare whisper them aloud. It's easy to have dreams for other people, but when it comes to ourselves, we're far more likely to settle for less than the fullest.
So where do we begin?
At the beginning.
Not at someone else's beginning. At your beginning.
If you want to be a writer, that means studying writing. That means reading. Going to conferences. Writing. Rewriting. Throwing it all away because you know you can do better.
This is not an overnight process.
And the very first step of having a dream is admitting that you have a dream. Admitting that you aren't quite satisfied, and your guilt might niggle down in the depths of your belly, because you know you should be content with what you have, because, let's face it, we're awfully blessed to have running water and food on the table and a roof over our head.
And yes, we're thankful for these things, of course.
But what about that bigger purpose? That greater calling? That thing maybe no one else in the world understands and it doesn't make a bit of sense on paper but you keep thinking "I just want to try... because if I don't, I'll never know..."
It's there that you find those big dreams.
And let me tell you this. Your "big" dream might be someone else's "little" dream. We're not quantifying dreams based on fame or financial success. We're not comparing them to see who's is "better." You might simply dream to have an organized schedule for your household (if you figure that out, can you share it with me?)
Dreams don't always mean your head is in the clouds. They don't always mean risking your bank account or moving across the country.
Some of us have to do those things because we're a bit more stubborn in the 'trusting God" department. YesI'mtalkingtomyself.
I'm issuing a challenge to you today. Take twenty minutes (more if you can spare it) and start jotting down (or typing or painting or just mulling) your dreams. We're at Step One here so you don't have to even tell anyone. Just be honest with yourself. Is there something inside you that you've shoved aside? Something you've been wanting to do but haven't out of fear or because you haven't made time or don't feel you have the money?
Is there something you keep thinking about? Something that excites you? Something you've always thought was a great idea but you just weren't sure how to begin...so you pushed it off and pretended it didn't exist?
Just get quiet for 20 minutes and ask yourself: "What if...?" and see what happens.
What if I let people know they can hire me to take their family pictures?
What if I started a blog?
What if I went to my pastor and told him about the small group I want to start?
What if I got out of debt?
What if I went back to work?
What if I quit my job?
What if I wrote a book, started a business, took a dance class, joined a choir, auditioned for a show, applied for an internship...
You don't even have to tell anyone...just tell yourself.
I know I can't force you to do this, but I can encourage you a little...and besides, we're still celebrating over here!
Today I'm giving away my Dream in Color owl, a blank canvas and simple instructions for you to make your own piece of Dream in Color artwork...
And I really want YOU to win. :)
Just leave me a quick comment on this post and you're entered!
For even more entries, Tweet, Share on Facebook, Pin or Blog about this giveaway, then come back and leave another comment on this post for each one you do.
For a bonus entry, head over to Facebook, Like my author page and come back here & leave another comment!
That's FIVE chances to win...and an automatic entry into the grand prize giveaway at the end of the week.
But most importantly, find 20 minutes today. Lock yourself in the bathroom if you have to. Leave a few minutes early for carpool. Get real with yourself & dream...
You'll be happy you did!