The Gift Of Dreaming
Written by Laura Prather on April 11, 2015
I love that children are born with the gift of dreaming. Nothing is too big for them to be or do in their minds. What did you dream of becoming when you were a kid? I know I had a vivid imagination, I was always in trouble at school for daydreaming, but I don’t remember specifically thinking, “When I grow up I want to be…..”. For me, I suppose from very early years it was finding someone to fall in love with. In high school I decided I wanted to be a teacher. That was more a default decision rather than a real desire to be one (I never did become a teacher even though I started out as a Special Ed major in college. That lasted 6 months before I realized I hated it.) Otherwise I don’t remember many aspirations. Perhaps I was too afraid to believe I could really achieve what I wanted so I never allowed myself to go there. Being a natural day dreamer I was full of dreams and aspirations but they were more like fantasy thoughts rather than a potential reality.
Somewhere along the way the majority of us lose the gift of dreaming. It seems to be earlier and earlier with each passing year. Watching my son and also looking backing on my life I see that we lose our ability to dream and believe we can accomplish anything when we let someone else (or something else) do our dreaming for us. We sacrifice our imagination for electronic entertainment, the loudest social voice, and others around us. Or we let others tell us we can’t do those things.
As I sit here in my boutique I look around and am so thankful for what has been created here. It’s beautiful. I love it. But even this happened more out of default versus pursuing a dream. I’m learning that makes all the difference when you hit rough spots.
I’ve always said I never wanted to live a life of mediocrity. Thats been my mantra for several years. Yet it seems that is all I have done === >> Settled for mediocrity because that is what I believed I could achieve.
This year, 2015, I have come to stand in front of the mirror and take a hard look beyond the surface. I am watching my perspective change on so many things: Why am I in business? Do I think of it as a burden or a blessing? Why or why not?What should my business look like? Does my business reflect what I am passionate about? Does it move me towards what is most important in my life or away from it? What REALLY are my goals anyway?
Most business coaches would say I should have asked myself those questions in the first place. Well, I did. But the answers to those questions are changing and actually I’ve been having a paradigm shift in how I look at life and how to enjoy life in the mundane of everyday living.
I guess you could say I’m learning how to dream again.
I’m very excited to enter a new chapter in my life and how my business will grow and change with me. All, that to say is there will be changes in this blog starting now. My perspective in being a business owner is changing rapidly. The changes you will see will be slight and subtle but over time will be big, in all aspects of my business. It’s going to be, and already is, a time of re-discovery. How exciting!
So here’s to the adventure of rediscovering ourselves,