Dreams are good.
And reality is … real.
So, may I encourage you with this note …
Our dreams matter. Those things we want to see, do, write, experience? Let’s make them come true…
Even though our reality doesn’t seem to be cooperating.
Last week I shared that I want to re-learn Norwegian. Tap dance. Play more piano.
I’m going to enjoy making those dreams come true this year, even though my reality as a caregiver for my mom means …
- … Sleeping through the night, getting a restful sleep, never happens.
- … Plans are hard to make and even harder to follow-through on because her needs change daily.
- … My dreams bump up against other priorities like Steve, client work, speaking engagements, and fun time with friends.
I don’t list these challenges as complaints … they are simply my (and my sisters’) reality.
And you have your own reality that mixes it up with your dreams.
You get this. I know you do.
You may not be a caregiver for a parent with Alzheimer’s, but you have other really important responsibilities that influence your time. Younger children. A demanding job. Health concerns.
Important realities that make dreams seem like a part of your future … one day … not part of today.
So how about if we make a pact?
Even though there will ALWAYS be things – important things – that get in the way of living out our dreams, let’s still find a way to make them come true.
Let’s face our reality with words like this …
My really great life includes my dreams. And I will not use my reality as an excuse to ignore them. It will not keep me from living a full, joy-filled life.
I am going to find a way to live my dreams in my reality.
It’s up to us, right? We choose how we spend our time and what we focus on.
We can schedule things differently. Turn off the TV. Take a nap. Ask for help. Eliminate the not-necessary. Take baby steps. The little changes we make in how we live our days make a difference.
You and I are the only ones who can make our dreams come true. If we always give-in to our challenging realities, those dreams will just stay … dreams.
Our “One day I will …” becomes “I wish I would have …”
My friend, dream.
Work with your reality instead of giving in to it.
And then do whatever you need to do to make those dreams come true.
Do it now.
Sometimes later becomes never.