When you think of a closely held dream for your life that has not been realized, are you filled with hope or despair? Are you proud of the work you've put in toward that dream, or ashamed that you haven't done enough?
The messages in my book, "It's Too Late to Quit," came to me over the course of years, usually after a meditation. They were offered to me to keep me going, and that is precisely why I assembled them into a book and share them here with you.
There are ways we can feel much more hopeful and moved to reach our potential. Only you know, in your heart, whether that matters to you. It really matters to me.
As I wrote in "Why Your Bucket List Matters" - my mother's delight, at her realized dream of a solo art show at the age of 92, was proof that we can carry our dreams inside for a very long time; yet when we dare to share them, Good Things can happen.
This topic backs into that Bucket List. It's about the belief, faith and support you need, deserve and is there to help you realize those dreams.
Right now is a pretty dreadful time for pretty much everybody. The virus has upended our plans and killed people we love. Most of us are scared to go out our doors. So understandably, we are wondering what we can actually do, to move our lives forward when the planet is on pause.
NEW ORLEANS - CREATIVITY & RESILIENCE
You likely have read that this year there will be no Mardi Gras parades in our city of New Orleans. So, what are people doing? Building the floats on the front porches of their homes. All over the City, we witness the spirit of New Orleans: flexible, creative, exuberant, relentless. See the AP News Article!
New Orleans is all about rebounding after a catastrophe. New Orleanians and those that love the city and came to rebuild; dealt with the shattered pieces, as they lived into a collective dream for rebirth. That which appears dead is reborn.
Does your closely held dream still have life beating inside it?
Can you imagine helping it to its feet and taking it by the hand to totter forward?
What immediately gets in the way when you consider that?
What are the issues that surface?
Why is this idea not possible for you?
Have you always put others' needs first?
Have you started and failed and stopped and shut all that aspiration down?
That's okay, too.
What if you have no clue what your closely-held dream is?
You cannot remember what stirs your soul.
Read about giving voice to our wishes and desires: Why Our Bucket List Matters.
Read it if you fear that writing and sharing your Bucket List is a recipe for reviving your anxiety and you can't afford MORE stress. Sometimes we shut down because it hurts too much not to have what we want.
The question is, what is going to spring us out of that pit of powerlessness and despair?
I have come to understand with my life that the first step toward releasing ourselves from the prison of ego is to consciously connect with our Spirit/Higher Self/God/Angels/Intuition/Oneness/Joy.
Like many people, Wayne Dyer's words changed my life. Here he encapsulated a profound re-framing of our situation here on Earth:
What if we, the Beings of Light encased in these Human Suits, actually have engaged with this earthly experience by choice, and our connection to the Divine Intelligence of our origin is kind of like ET phoning home?
(BTW… my husband, Dan Moore, worked on ET as a costumer… see his cute pix!)
If for some reason you also recently arrived to Earth and have not watched this classic masterpiece from Steven Speilberg, for goodness sake, treat yourself. If you have seen it, do you remember the first time? I do! Times Square in a dingy theater with a crowd of New Yorkers who have also leapt to their feet to scream, "Make him fly! Make him fly!"
It is so important that we also take that urge to connect with Home to the next level.
Because when we can turn off the buzz-saw of our ego, and open ourselves in the silence to who we truly are, Good Things can start to happen.
When I was a practicing Buddhist, I rarely wanted to chant. But I did, because I was holding on with my fingernails to the slippery side of a little boat called MY SCREWY LIFE. My finances, career, future, and single mom-dom was riding that little craft. I suspected that prayer/chanting would carry me to the other shore. And it did, despite the fact I rarely wanted to do it. I have my great friend, Frederick Ponzlov, to thank for that discipline.
So, you don't have to want to pray/chant/meditate/to tap into your Better Angels, you just have to acknowledge that it IS POSSIBLY the best way through the chaos, and that you do want that. You do want to move forward with your life.
So, honestly, how horribly hard has it been for you to hang in there and realize your dreams?
Has it felt like you've been running a marathon of indeterminate distance, as the goal posts keep vanishing? Are you dragging your lactic-acid-laced wooden stumps of legs up a steep, hot hill and entertaining visions of dropping dead right there on the spot, and how really wonderful it will feel? I certainly have. And I have to say, one of the benefits of running a marathon and completing it, is that I discovered that I am a lot tougher than I think I am.
"It's Too Late to Quit" implies that your investment of pain, frustration, and even doubt must not go to waste. It ALL COUNTS. It's all part of your relationship to your dream.
"The difference now is that you are doing it."
Are you willing to allow yourself to move forward? How can you start?
Here's a meme I created from one of the book pages. (If you have Pinterest, you are welcome to pin it…)
YOURS IS A SACRED MISSION…
How can things change if you accept this as truth?
What positives can you allow yourself to feel?
ABOUT YOUR CONFIDENCE….
Do you apologize for your desires and abilities?
How can you get to feeling proud of yourself?
Do this 60-SECOND EXERCISE:
Right now, place your hand on your heart. Say these words in your mind, or aloud:
"I allow the light of Divine Love to infuse my heart with hope and healing.
I have faith in my Self and my abilities.
Did you actually do it? Did you stop and place your hand on your heart?
Maybe calling in Divine Love is not your thing. So you didn't try it. I urge you to TRY it. Moving forward with our dreams should be uncomfortable at times. We must do what feels hard.
Early on in my writing life, this advice from one of my Buddhist mentors really changed my approach, and consequently, everything after that:
What are you willing to do, to show your Life how much you want your deeply-held dream?
Once we understand and envision what we want, action shifts the molecules of our reality.
My deeply-held dream is to see my script, ANGEL LADY, produced as a film. My husband Dan Moore and I have created a production entity, Sheridan Film Company, for that purpose.
Over the coming months, I'll share with you how this dream of ours is moving forward…some thirty years after I wrote the script. It's an incredible challenge, and keeps life extremely interesting and full of opportunities to learn and grow.
I truly hope this helps you take robust actions to accomplish your dreams.
We are planning to host this free and fun webinar!
"Claiming your Marathon - Your Impossible Dream."
If you read my blog, you'll see some of the strategies we will discuss with guests:
- Marathoner Dr. Dean Goodman (still running distance in his 70's)
- Angel Lady film director Edgar Pablos
- Activist artist Daneeta Jackson of Planet Daneeta
- Triathlete, veteran, cancer champion, and health innovator Clayton Treska
- Plus more!
If you'd like to be kept in the loop and reserve a free place, email me your interest - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for playing!
Onward with gratitude,
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