I saw a brief news story earlier this week about about a bride pursuing her dream wedding. I really didn’t give it my full attention at the beginning, as it involved e-bay and I weary in hearing of the outrageous things that people try to sell on e-bay. This particular bride-to-be was auctioning off a place in her wedding. For the right price, you could be a bridesmaid in her upcoming nuptuals! The bride needed approximately $7,000 for the wedding she dreamed of. She knew she would need to make adjustments and cut back where she could if she could not come up with that money. They had, in fact, already decided to cut out the honeymoon. When the bidding ended, the top bidder offered $5,500. The bride was ecstatic! She wept with joy as she realized that the seemingly far fetched idea of one of her bridesmaids, had helped her dream come true. They then realized that the winning bid came from a man. He is in fact, a business man (I think a rep from Dr. Pepper), who then offered to donate $10,000 instead of just the $5,500. The honeymoon is back in the plans! No news yet of who will wear the bridesmaid’s dress that a local store donated or whether Dr. Pepper will be advertising at the wedding. Nevertheless, I was impressed by the story and excited for the young woman. Who would have thought that such a far-fetched idea would be the answer to her dreams?
At our recent Seminar, I asked the attendees, "What would you pack to pursue a dream and what would you leave behind?" I gave them two slips of paper, saying, "I will take…" and "I will leave…" I had a suitcase and a trash can to put their corresponding responses in. There were common themes among the responses. For the most part, we would take our cheerleaders (family or friends), our faith, our positive thoughts, our creativity, our hopes, our memories and our integrity. We would leave behind negative thoughts and people who won’t support us along the way, feelings of inferiority and can’t do attitudes. There were some out-of-the-ordinary responses as well, such as "I will take John" and "I will leave behind my cell phone." One other said she would take hope and leave behind despair. I was touched by her vulnerability and wished I would have known who wrote that one. I would have volunteered to be one of her personal cheerleaders as she sets out on that journey.
Whatever dreams we are pursuing, we need to realize that our best is really good enough. Doing the part we’ve been given is what we are to do. Whether we are the brainstormers, the entrepeneurs, the "worker bees" or the creative people that help a phase of a dream come into being, when each of us use the gifts we were intended to use, good things happen.
May good things happen to you as you follow your dreams!
Until next time… Debbie~