I’ve always loved clouds. Perhaps it’s their shapes; perhaps it’s their many shades of white against a blue sky with green trees framing the scene. Frequently, I would think of a childhood poem that my mom taught me:
White sheep, white sheep on a blue hill,
When the wind stops, you all stand still.
When the wind blows, you all run away.
White sheep, white sheep won’t you stay?
I also remembered lying in the grass and gazing at the clouds, daydreaming and letting my mind wander as it would from one magnificent imagining to another. It felt so good and was so incredibly energizing.
Today I thought: Hey! Why not daydream now and make it a regular part of my schedule?!
WooHoo! I really liked that idea!
And today’s the perfect day for it! Yahoo!
Your homework today is to DAYDREAM! Give your mind free reign. Let it skip and frolic through your thoughts. Allow it to make connections or come up with silly ideas. Have fun with it!
“I recently learned that in an average lifetime a person walks about sixty-five thousand miles. That’s two and a half times around the world. I wonder where your steps will take you. I wonder how you’ll use the rest of the miles you’re given.” Life’s Journeys According to Mr. Rogers
What about you—what about the steps you’ve taken and the miles you’ve walked so far? What are the happy moments? The exciting ones? The ones you’d like a ‘do over’ for?
Are there steps you’d prefer taking instead of the ones you feel you have to take? Are there miles you’d like to travel, but they’re in a different direction than you’re currently going?
Are there some miles and some steps you enjoy remembering and daydreaming about? What plans do you have for the upcoming miles you’ll travel?
Your homework today is to note which memories stand out in your mind. Think about ways you can bring more of these into your life. Also, consider that these moments may be indicating a direction to investigate. Perhaps it’s pointing the way to your true dreams!
A dear friend of mine was telling me about a talk she recently attended that was given by a Nobel Laureate in Science. As you’d expect, the scientist was very intelligent, competent, and highly capable. He talked about how he and his colleagues did their due diligence with thinking through and planning their hypothesis, and how that resulted in them receiving grants from the government and other reputable sources. It was very clear that the Nobel Laureate and his colleagues were serious, highly qualified, accomplished scientists.
What stood out to her was how “clueless” this scientist and his colleagues were as they investigated their theory and it also stood out that the findings sometimes had no resemblance or bearing at all on the original hypothesis!
As the scientist talked, my friend realized the method that he and his colleagues used to prove or disprove their theory could be directly applied to her own life.
She realize it’s okay—and even normal—to be “clueless” as you strive to achieve your dreams!
In essence, here’s the method the scientists used—including how you can apply it to your life:
~The scientists paid attention to what interested and fascinated them. This formed a basis for formulating their hypothesis. This translates into “real life” as listening to the Still Small Voice and the urgings of your dreams and then choosing to follow where they lead.
~The scientists did the due diligence necessary to refine their hypothesis and planned out how they would substantiate it—the experiments and other activities they planned to conduct and the resources they’d need to carry these out. In “real life”, this is equivalent to planning the steps you’ll take and what you need to do to support these steps, such as gaining the needed knowledge, developing the necessary skills, scheduling the time needed to complete the steps, and the like.
~The scientists then performed the experiments, noted the results, drew conclusions, and reassessed to determine what changes and tweaks were needed—which oftentimes led them in a different direction than they’d originally thought. They then repeated this process until they were sure they proved or disproved their theory. The scientist and his colleagues were not surprised or upset by ending up with a different conclusion than the one they’d anticipated. This translates to you taking a step, evaluating what happened, making tweaks and changes as needed, taking another step then repeating this process until you reach your dreams, being open to achieving a different dream than your original one.
Your homework today is to follow the example of the Nobel Laureate scientist and his colleagues: Plan, take a step, evaluate, tweak—perhaps even changing direction—taking the next step, evaluate, tweak, take another step, and repeating this process until you reach your dreams, or something even better!
Today is the perfect day to review your week, note the tweaks that are needed to your plans and/or your idea, then mapping out the steps you’ll take in this upcoming week.
Also, today is the perfect day to celebrate the steps you took this week, no matter how small they may have been. All efforts matter and all of them make a difference! And, remember to invite your family and friends to celebrate with you!
You’re doing it; you’re making progress toward your dreams!
You are AWESOME!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
PS: My dear friend has a blog about finances called Decoding Your Dollars. Feel free to check it out by clicking here! Thanks!