- Afraid of the potent and deadly arrows of sarcasm (the truth disguised in merciless laughter).
- Afraid that someone might steal my great idea or beat me to the finish line (but that’s silly…there is room enough for everyone).
- Afraid that someone might say, “You can’t” or “That’s impossible” or – worst of all – “I told you so” (if my dreams don’t pan out or I change my mind altogether…).
But then I started thinking about the POWER of voicing our dreams and sharing them with others. If I know your dreams, they will be in my heart and I will be thinking about how to help you reach them. If they stagnate in your soul, however, the opportunities will pass you by.
Let’s just say, for example, you have always wanted to move to Scottsdale, but you never say anything to me. Well, perhaps I know the BEST realtor there that could totally help you land an awesome deal (that’s true, by the way).
Or maybe your dream is to go to college (or have your child go to college), but it seems so foreign and financially hopeless. Well, wouldn’t you know that I used to be a high school guidance counselor and I could probably give you a few tips to get you on your way.
Or perhaps you’d really like some great family photos, but you can’t swing the high price of the local photographers in your area. Well, I just so happen to have a nice camera and a bit of a knack for that kind of thing.
You see? We all have connections, talents, and resources that could totally make someone else’s dreams come true. We can all be Wish Granters and Dream Makers for each other.
It starts by building your own list of dreams and writing them down. But the next step is SPEAKING those dreams – telling people about the big & small goals that are blooming in your heart.
Another step is LISTENING for the dreams of others. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to ask people about their dreams without coming across as crazy. It’s – unfortunately – a little awkward to just say, “So, what are your dreams for the next 6 months? the next 5 years?” (although, just to warn you, I might actually ask you that someday).
For now, I’m on a top-secret, very-important, ultra-cool mission to find out the dreams of the people around me – and to figure out ways to make them come true.
Just call me Fairy STEPHmother…
NOTE: My daughters’ tutus were designed by my creative, caring, and cool sister-in-law Danielle. She has an etsy shop (but, ironically, she doesn’t sell tutus).
Do you tell other people your dreams? If so, who do you tell?
ALSO – What are some of your (secret) dreams? Do you long to run in a marathon, act in a Shakespeare play, or start a business? Tell us.
*** This post is inspired by The Dream Manager, an excellent book by Matthew Kelly about the business of living. I highly recommend it.