I have heard it said that we are "one choice away from a new beginning." That is encouraging.
New beginnings are good. Lately, I have been thinking about the steps we take toward our dreams. Our 2008 Seminar theme is "Just Dream," so my wheels have been spinning about many different aspects of how we make our dreams come true. The truth is, there’s no ‘just’ about it. It takes courage and vision, heart and feet to make our dreams come true. To really see some dreams come true, we need to move toward them, one step and one choice at a time.
With that in mind, my inspiration this week is my daughter. She has big dreams. Only once in a while does she ever step back into the reality of here and now and question whether or not they’re too big. One of her dreams is to run in the Olympics. Now that’s a BIG dream. In the meantime, there’s a multitude of High School track meets to run to work her way toward the bigger dream. One choice at a time – one meet at a time – she moves toward a dream. This week, she was asked to run 4 different events. She had run all of them before and all of them well, but never at the same meet. For the first time ever she ran the 1600 (mile), 400, 800 and 4×400. At the beginning of the meet she told us that she was going to run all 4 events and that her goal was to medal in all of them. I was impressed before the races ever began. At the end of the day she had medaled in 3 of the 4 events and I was even more impressed.
I put myself in her place – not running – (if you knew me, you’d be laughing right now) but instead, asking myself if I could do the same thing. Do I get "overwhelmed" when too much is on my plate, even if it’s things that I love to do? Or do I break it down like Jenna did, assessing my level of strength and ability and setting goals instead? It struck me that before she pursues dreams like the Olympics, she’s willing to do her best and set her goals in an obscure town in the center of Kansas. She wants to do well enough at Regionals to qualify for State. Even before that, she’s willing to practice diligently every day, even if nobody else is watching.
After watching her that afternoon, I went home and wrote to her. The qualities I saw in her, will help her a great deal in this marathon we call life. I wanted to encourage her in that and let her know how proud we are of her… not just her running abilities.
So maybe, as we go along, we need to keep our dreams within view, but concentrate on the daily things that will help us get there. We may not get any medals along the way but one step at a time… moving in the right direction… maybe slowly, but ever so surely, we will be people who are pursuing their dreams!
Chasing Dreams With You,