by DS Lauritzen
I would like you to run and grab a blank paper and a pen. If your house is anything like mine, you might be able to find a coloring book and crayons faster and easier. First, I need you to draw an extra large heart in the center of your paper.
Next, above that heart write this question, “If I dreamed bigger who would that affect?” Finally, inside your heart write your answer. That is a powerful question isn’t it? And an even more powerful answer.
When I first heard this question it brought me to tears. I quickly grabbed a dry erase marker and wrote it on my bathroom mirror. Next to that I drew a heart and put my answer inside it. My answer boldly was “my family!” I pondered what that might mean to them. What that might mean for my teenage daughters and son, to my preteen daughters and to my three younger daughters. What if they saw their parents dreaming, setting goals and working towards those goals? They, too, would see their dreams come true. What if they mastered the art of dreaming, setting goals and putting the effort behind their goals? Wow! They would most certainly have a leg up on the rest of the world. But it’s going to come down to us, my husband and I, to not just say to our children, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Right? We have to be able to be the ones to break the cycle of non-dreamers.
When was the last time you dreamed bigger? Was it when you were young sitting under a large shade tree on a hot summer day? Was it on your wedding day when all was perfect with your soon to be spouse? Was it when your new baby was born and you had so many dreams for your perfect infant? Why do we forget this fun yet simple pleasure? Does it seem too childish?
Sometimes I feel we need to regress back to our childhood. Relive those moments under our shade tree and finally to have joy in the journey.
My challenge to you this month would be to gather up your family. Grab your favorite picnic blanket. Find the coolest shade tree you have ever seen. Spread that blanket underneath it and just dream. Have that moment with your family just dreaming and that is what being your best self is all about.