My dream book is sitting on my nightstand. It is ready and waiting for me to fill it with my dreams. In January, I read the book Dream Manager and started thinking of ways to help the people I love articulate their dreams. I bought a dream book for each person in my family. I have encouraged and badgered and invited and nagged everyone to start writing down their dreams in their books. I have asked them as a group and as individuals how they are doing with their dream books. When someone struggled with coming up with dreams, I was available to offer suggestions and do some probing to get the brainstorming started. I think everyone is off to a good start.
Except for me. I have a confession to make. I have not written anything in my dream book yet. Don’t get me wrong, since I read Dream Manager, I have thought a lot about my dreams. I have plenty to write down, but I can’t seem to put pen to paper. I can’t seem to make myself commit to a dream enough to write it down. I open the book and choose a beautiful fine-line marker, but the pages look so empty and clean and white that I can’t bring myself to make a mark. I don’t want to make a mistake. I don’t want to mess up my beautiful book.
I know I am being ridiculous. The point of the book is to BRAINSTORM my dreams. It is not meant to be a work of art. It is a tool. It is meant to be a vehicle to help me reach for the stars. Keeping it fresh and clean is not going to serve any purpose. Reaching for dreams is a messy business. There will be roadblocks and failures all along the way. The point of the exercise is to get going. And that is what I am going to do.
Right now, right after I post this to the internet, I am going to pick up my dream book and start writing. I am going to start with one littl dream. Any dream will do. Anything to get me started. Once I start, I am going to keep writing. I will write down these dreams that have been swirling around in my head since I read Dream Manager two months ago….dreams that have been swirling around in my heart for my whole life. Big dreams and small dreams. Easy to achieve and impossible.
Wish me luck, I am off to dream right now!