Walk with me as we discuss in more detail each letter in the word “dream.”
D is for dare. Dare is the boldness to dream, to write your vision down, to step out and speak up. If you do not have a dream, now is the time to reflect, to understand the passions that drive you. What do you love doing the most? What makes you flutter inside? Is there something you cannot stop thinking about, something that keeps tugging at you? The dare is to answer these questions by reflecting through journaling, prayer, meditation, talking to those closest to you or perhaps taking an online personality or skills assessment. Dare is to speak your vision out loud. Dare is to grab onto courage and leap.
R is for reality. We must look at reality, take inventory of our current state—mind, body and soul. We must understand the obligations we have to ourselves, as well as understanding our obligations to others, whether it is family, work or community. This inventory allows us to see what is needed to obtain our dream, whether it is an addition to our circle of support, finances or skills to be acquired through training. Taking inventory encourages us to look within at our gifts, skills, knowledge. There are no requirements of where you need to be at this very moment. This reality check is to understand the current state so you can customize and document your dream, embrace your strengths and connect with and build your support network.
E is for enable. This is the middle of the journey, between the dream and the miracle. Now that you have the dream in mind, this is the work that enables the dream to reach toward becoming reality. Dreams can seem overwhelming and impossible until you break them down into goals. I like to think that goals stands for getting over adversities and living strong. Goals are the steps we take to realize our dreams. Our gifts within are the catalysts to dreams. Goals and gifts enable us to meet the formal and informal requirements we compiled in the R phase above. Support and empowerment are needed. This is not always easy work, especially when obstacles and distractions arrive. Sometimes life circumstances change and adjustments must be made—that is okay. Do not fault yourself when revisions are required, or when something takes longer than anticipated. We all go through this, and we must continue believing in ourselves and our dreams. It is crucial to have a support system, a circle, a tribe of people who enrich you, who bring out the better parts of you and lift you up, who love you in such a way to sit or cry with you during hardships, to celebrate each victorious step, to push you through and empower you toward your goals and dreams. To fully enable yourself, you must first be committed to your dreams, to your gifts, to yourself.
A (take a moment to breathe—aahhhhh)
M is for miracle. Do not be intimidated by this word. It is achievable, with faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit. You have your visions, your gifts and purpose, your network of people and resources. You are not alone. A miracle is what happens inside you and in the lives of others when you pursue your purpose. When you dare reality to enable a miracle.
On your way to your dreams, put all the weights aside, tell the obstacles to move. Walk in your dreams. Your heart beats to them, your mind sees each piece of them, your spirit finds comfort in them. Follow your dreams, beyond today, into tomorrow, with yesterday packed away and learnings bringing you forward. Go with your dreams, beyond these words into the vision, the picture etched only for you. As you step toward the realization of dreams, put old things down, pick up the new. Wrap your dreams around you, allow them to keep you warm, be your shelter, comfort you, fill you, strengthen you, keep you in perfect peace. Never let the dreams out of your sight. Walk in them, dance to them, let your dreams shower you, shine in you, nourish your growth, heal your wounds. When you have taken every step and no difference can be seen between reality and your dreams, CELEBRATE! You did it!