20 Jan Dream With Me
You know how sometimes memories from your childhood just pop up in your head, and as you’re perusing the memory, you suddenly start wondering what in the world made you think about that instance or that person? Well, that’s what happened to me this morning. I was tooling along, minding my own business & suddenly I was about 6 or 7 years old walking down the aisles of the toy department at the local Sears and Roebuck at Christmas time! Boy, those were the days! My mom could leave my brother & I there to scour through the toys while she shopped around the store – it gave us time to dream about what we wanted to ask for for Christmas – we’d already circled most every toy in the catalog, but getting to see them in person was almost like owning it!
Today I was asking that little girl, “Why did you like to do that so much? You knew you would never get everything for which you’d asked! What was the point?”
That’s when I realized that a lot of the “magic” of dreaming big dreams seems to have slipped away from my heart. It was so easy when I was young – but somewhere along the way I made the choice to become extremely practical and utilitarian (the idea that the moral worth of an action is determined solely by its usefulness). It’s always easier to not dream than to dream & get disappointed – but how boring!
But in that same way, I can now choose to allow myself the luxury of dreaming big again! Why not? It’s the beginning of another new year – what do you want to see yourself do this year that you didn’t dare try or believe for in the past? Why not think really big this year?
I’m thankful for the visit from my childhood “me” – it was the reminder I need to stop allowing yesterday’s disappointments set the tone for tomorrows dreams.