If money were no object, if age and physical strength were not an issue, if you could dream the biggest dream possible and make it be so – what would that be?
…did you just find yourself a fantasy-land with a magical snap of your fingers? I know I did! Sure, there are that likely won’t happen this lifetime, as in I will never be an Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast. However, on the other hand, why do we often quickly dismiss the things that we truly want to be doing as impossible? Here are a few thoughts to ponder before trashing something that is in your heart:
Re-orient your thinking. We have to live in the light part of life, in an elevated life condition that dwells in happiness, instead of the part that automatically says it’s impossible. We may still encounter things in our environment that discourage us. But if you never open yourself up to entertain that possibility, that’s already a guarantee it won’t happen before you even try.
In order to re-orient your thinking, surround yourself with positive things that make you happy. For me, to see things in the light, to live a life that raises my life condition and helps me dwell in happiness, I practice Buddhism, amongst other things. For you, it might be meditation, yoga, religion, swimming, listening to opera, eating healthfully, the mountains, or photography. Find those things and make the integral parts of your life.
Remember actual work is involved. It probably will not be easy. Do the work, be patient, and don’t be swayed by things along the way that seem like they’re telling us ‘no. If we didn’t have to work for anything, we probably would not appreciate it. If everything we ever wanted came easily, we may not even want it anymore. If it were easy, everyone would do it. Right? And then what’s special about a dream that feels like you merely went through the drive-thru at a fast food chain?
Challenges are under appreciated friends. An obstacle is really just a trampoline that lifts us where we need to go. Resistance is a force that pushes us or allows us to push back! It’s coming into your life to help you be stronger, reinforce what you want, or adjust your vision to something better. Without it, it would actually be harder to get where we are going.
Consider the form your dream may come in. Be open to the possibility that it might not be exactly what you pictured, but it could also be absolutely perfect for your life. In other words, when it’s knocking at your door, your ears need to be open to hear it! There’s a saying in Buddhism that you didn’t come to this life to master suffering—you came to be happy. Dreams are a part of that fulfillment! And when you take care of that part of you, when you open yourself up to a process that may go slowly but is the path toward your true happiness, everything becomes possible.
“Everything you can imagine is real.” ~~Pablo Picasso
Designer/Stylist: Peggy Khoucasian / Writer: Christie Cole
Photographer: Camila Cardozo / Model: Katrina Amato