“Get yourself a dream book and put your dreams in it.”
Those words spoken by Matthew Kelly, in a really cool Australian accent, changed the lives of everyone in my family. How? Because they got my husband and I dreaming, which in turn, sent our family in a whole bunch of new directions full of excitement, hope, and adventure.
I love dreaming. Many times, it's my dreams and goals that keep me sane during difficult moments. I persevere more strongly through struggles when I have something I can reach towards. Lately, my husband and I have been having a great time dreaming together. We have realized that we are not too old to change the course of our lives. C.S. Lewis said, "You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream." In fact, I think dreaming keeps you young and adds life and intimacy to those with whom we dream.
I am certain that many on-lookers think we are crazy. "What are the Padgetts up to now?" These people may observe us doing random projects or pursuing far fetched ideas, but we consider them all as steps towards the fulfillment of our dreams and visions. We know what we want and are taking steps to get there. Now, the precise vision has evolved and been tweaked through the years, but we keep moving forward.
Years ago we did as Matthew Kelly recommended. We bought a huge journal full of homemade looking paper and started filling it with our dreams and desires. The first thing that surprised me was how difficult it was to let go of the boundaries I had placed on my life. Slowly, I felt parts of my identity open up and dreams and enjoyments I had hidden away started to emerge. There was also a power I felt by actually writing these goals into a book. When we shared our dreams with each other, an intimacy was rekindled and we learned new things about our best friend. He didn't know I wanted a bike. I didn't know how important learning a new language was to him.
ROME! That was one of the first accomplished dreams from the book. I wrote down that I wanted to "eat my way through Europe". So Chris used his frequent flyer miles and got us tickets to Rome, where we spent 15 days alone exploring and eating.
My husband also bought me a bike. Of course, I was VERY irritated that he got one first. I said, "Hey.. that was MY DREAM." But he found a really good deal on a bike for himself and figured that he would join me in my dreams to bike. I got my new bike quickly after and we have ridden hundreds of miles together.
Keep in mind... I am not advocating ditching your responsibilities and taking off. Nor am I encouraging people to spend time imagining vague, pointless dreams. If your dreams are true and real, set goals to reach them. They may take years to come to fruition, but little steps along the way will keep you encouraged and hopeful.
I dream of this....
So I do this....
I want to live in an "English Garden" surrounded by beauty and nature.
That is not possible right now, so our family has worked with what we have and created our own "English Garden".
I want to grow my own food and raise my own meat on an amazing farm.
So until then.... We are learning how to do this on a much smaller scale.
I have so many dreams and goals I could spend hours sharing them. My kids know about them and my husband chases those same dreams with me. As a result, I see my kids dreaming and envisioning their future. I see them making choices that allows them to follow those dreams. We cheer each other on.
I am so excited to see where all this dreaming takes us. Where ever it is, the journey will be the most exciting part.
Don't be afraid to think outside the box. Dream and then makes some plans. Be careful though.
Dreaming can be contagious.