A few weeks ago, I read the book Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly. I loved it. Even though the book is mainly written from a business viewpoint, I saw amazing implications for my family. I could see that John and I and our three children would benefit from allowing ourselves to dream and to articulate our dreams. Since I read it, I have been talking about dreaming and asking questions about what everyone’s dreams are. I knew I wanted to do something concrete to free everyone in my family to dream, to encourage each person to put more thought and energy into dreaming.
A week or so ago, I went to a store and found some blank books. They were very plain and simple – 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch books with black cardboard covers, spiral bindings, and pages and pages of blank paper. I purchased five, one for each of person in our family. I wanted to give some direction without being too bossy, so I wrote a little paragraph and printed it out on five stickers. I put one sticker in the front of each book. The wording is very encouraging (if i do say so myself) and the directions are fairly open, so each of us can use our book the way that best suits us.
I was so excited to give everyone a dream book. I really see the value in opening our minds and imagining possibilities and dreaming. I think that writing down our dreams is a powerful way of beginning the journey to make them come true. Somehow, the act of articulating a dream brings it into the realm of possibility. As I handed a dream book to each person in my family, it seemed like I was handing them something priceless. They seemed to understand how important the books were to me, even if they don’t yet believe that the books will be valuable to them. I challenged them to try to write down 100 dreams within the next few days. I told them that I was going to be asking them about their dreams and that I am really interested in hearing about them.
Two of my children have come to me to ask for a little clarification and explanation about the dream book. One wanted some ideas and examples of dreams. I read him the examples from Matthew Kelly’s book. Another just wondered what this is all about. John and I encouraged him to free himself – to allow himself to brainstorm and to dream big and dream small. All three of our children told us today that they have started writing in their dream books.
I am so thrilled about this process. As I begin to write down my dreams, I can feel barriers breaking down inside myself. I feel myself allowing hopes and dreams to come into my mind. I am starting to believe that I can make some of my dreams come true. Dreams that I didn’t even know were in my heart now seem like real possibilities. When I imagine my husband and children having some of these same thoughts and feelings, I am really happy for them. I hope that this experience of dreaming will help them to know that they are wonderful and can accomplish amazing things in their lives. I don’t know what their dreams are. I don’t even know what all of my dreams are. I do know that the future is bright for all of us. The bigger we dream, the more beautiful the world looks.