Along with receiving a daily quote via email, I also receive an email from “TUT…A Note from the Universe.” It may sound kind of hokey, but they’re typically dead on. For example, one day last week I received, “It’s all for learning. It’s all for learning. Leslie, it’s all for learning.” Which completely fit the circumstances for that day.
Also last week, I received, “Dream big. Start small.” Cool. Right on! That’s exactly where I am in my life. I have BIG dreams for Trust Life Today, and with my personality type, I wanted them done yesterday! But how can they be done when I’m still learning how to do? And then the reminder came: “Dream big. Start small.” Okay, I’ll start small (hence, the blog you’re reading).
Later in the day I ran across a quote I had jotted down years ago: “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” Albus Dumbledore, speaking to Harry.
Dream big. Start small. Don’t dwell on dreams, lest you forget to live. Hmm… On the surface, they sounded pretty different to me. Yet, they both spoke to me as soon as I read them. These are the types of disparate messages that grab my brain and wrestle with it throughout the day (or in this case, days).
I’ll start with dreaming. Yes, I am a dreamer. I dream up ideas, even situations, all the time. Dreaming is part of my creative process. And through this creative process of dreaming, it leads to many, sometimes an exhaustive number, of conversations in my head. Yet, I still dream. I find comfort in it. The key, for me, is not to get stuck there. Dreaming has to materialize at some point, or else, well, it’s just a bunch of Fantasy Island.
That brings me to ‘living.’ I remember a time, probably 17 or 18 years ago when I asked my husband when it was time to start living. I was eager to get started, and I wanted to know if he knew when that right time might be. Was it during that point in my life, when I was starting my first “big girl” job? Was it in a year or so, when we got married? Do I have to wait until children come along, is that really living? Or was it once I found my purpose? Then, and only then, would I truly start to live? He looked at me with no gesture of judgment or confusion on his face, and simply said, “Living is what you’re doing now.” And with that, he turned and walked away.
Oh. I see. And with that, I was clear. (By the way, it must run in the family, because as I was saying good-night to our younger son last night, he asked me the same question, “Mom, when do I start living?” My response to him: “Living is what you’re doing now.” I would hate to think that he was going to wonder for years and years like I had.)
At this point, I’m clear on a few things. I’m a dreamer. I‘m fully living each day. But I’m also a realist. There’s nothing in me that wants to live a fantasy, so I dream in order to create. And with that, I have tied the two sentiments together, which means the wrestling in my brain may now cease. “Dream big. Start small.” “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”
So there I have it. An email I recently received, coupled with a quote I had jotted down years ago, presented themselves to me in the same day and I latched onto them because I felt there was a message in them, something I needed to work out. I believe lessons present themselves to us each and every day. Granted, this lesson didn’t shake me to my core, that’s not why I shared it. I don’t believe we need to have deep, profound lessons left and right. But we do need to be grateful for being present enough in our lives to realize when we’ve received one and give thanks for the gifts that they are.
My gift from this lesson: I dream in order to create, and I do it in a very real way.
I find a lot of beauty, and peace, in that realization.