They say that in order for something good to happen you have to first envision it. It is also said that you can not begin to imagine the full extent of what God has in store for your life. I guess the answer lies somewhere in the middle – conceptualize the things you want to happen and sit back and watch for what God makes materialize. Don’t think that you must limit yourself. There is no benefit in dreaming small. Dream big. See the fullest manifestation of the thinking coming to fruition. A small dream is a cat nap. By imagining the greatest, largest vision we challenge the universe to bring even better to us. So go forth, dream big, ask the universe to bring it to you , work toward helping yourself achieve the goal, believe it will happen, and wait for the results.
Many of us are afraid to dream big. We are accustomed to others around us shooting down our ideas or giving some other indication that the dream is beyond our reach. Unfortunately a lot of people do not have a dream support system. They have a reality support system. The “reality support team” has twenty ways why what you wish to do can not or should not work. They don’t think themselves dream killers. They fancy themselves helping you by keeping your feet rooted in reality. The truth of the matter is that these same people may feel threatened by your dreams. Whether they admit it or not, they can envision the dream happening for you and it makes them nervous, scared, and insecure. You see they worry that if your dreams come to fruition you will outgrow them, outshine them, or worse yet expose their inadequacies. The “reality support team” is strong and large in number. That being said you must remember “there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” And to be fair there is always a realistic reason why something should not happen. Looking at her background in rural Mississippi should Oprah Winfrey be the Queen of all media? Not at all but she never listed to those voices, no matter how loud and how many, that told her such.
The “dream support team” is a lot smaller for many reasons. First off, some people find it hard to support something in which they may not see themselves personally benefitting. Secondly, some people have been conditioned not to dream. They are living day-to-day and have been doing so for such a long time that they have forgotten how to dream. But for some… they get it. They understand that by encouraging you to reach for and obtain your goals they are in no way minimized. As a matter of fact they are more than willing to help you along the way. They understand that “as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
I have been an enormous fan of this “Deepest Fear” poem by Marianne Williamson since I heard it recited in the movie “Akeelah and the Bee.” It resonated strongly with me then and has a place of prominence on my desk so that I can read it often, if not daily. It serves as a reminder that it is okay to dream big and it is okay to be great. I am aware that greatness does not come suddenly, immediately, or overnight. It builds and grows as we do. Blessings are the same way. Large blessings never come if we don’t appreciate the small ones when they occur. Yesterday and today I had two unexpected small blessings. They were couched within a series of frustrations. However, I chose to give attention to, celebrate and be thankful for the blessings. Because you know what? They will be what is remembered anyway and the small frustrations they were couched in are just remembered as part of life for that day.
I wish you all the manifestation of your greatest dreams. If you have already seen great things come to fruition please share your story. The rest of us on the “dream support team” would love to cheer for you and be further inspired in our journey.
Spread love…peace and blessings.