Blogs by Barbara J Henry
Embracing and Manifesting Our Dreams
3/12/2009 7:40:34 PM
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We embrace so many things, literally and figuratively, during the course of a day, week, year or lifetime.
This is usually done with great eagerness and affection such as the embrace we give a child or other loved one,the confidence with which we take hold of an idea whose time has come,or the support and kudos given a candidate running for a political office. All are eagerly embraced and held close to our hearts;all are important parts of our lives.
Another type of embracing,one that many of you may be experiencing now as I write,is the embracing of a dream,clasping it to the breast, holding it there firmly while nurturing it until it becomes your reality.
This type of embracing is quite demanding,but I have learned over the years that my dreams can become my reality as I employ five steps.
I will highlight two in this writing,and the remaining three,Action, Selflessness, and Enthusiasm, in next week's blog.
The first step I have always found most helpful in embracing and manifesting my dreams is Prayer.I do not remember a time when I did not pray or meditate on the dreams and goals I wanted to accomplish.
I know that God knows the perfect time for all things to take place, and I have learned to work, to do whatever my hands find to do toward the goal,as I wait for His answer, His timing.
Practicing Resilience is also helpful. It is defined as the ability,perhaps the tenacity,to regroup or rebound,after being knocked down repeatedly.
The disappointments, unexpected challenges, and all the other stuff that happens in life, can keep us reeling, off center, if we are not resilient. We must find a way to nurture our dreams even when all seems hopeless.
Persistence is a major part of resilience.Giving up at the first sign of trouble will keep you and me at the starting line of our hopes and dreams.
We must always continue to work with the end in mind,always embracing the dream.
When I began writing my book,I said."This should be easy"."I am retired." "I have all the time I need to do this, and I am an English teacher."
After thirty or more revisions of the first chapter, I found myself saying"What was I thinking?"
Eventhough it was much more difficult than I ever imagined it would be, I held on to the dream of finishing it before the century ended.
I recalled some of the other difficult goals I had accomplished, and I hunkered down, solicited and received help from some writer friends, and I never looked back.
I know that resilience and prayer played major roles in each successful thing I have done; I also know for continued success, I must keep using them.
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