Above: Hosios Loukas, a walled monastery in Greece. The passageway, archway, stairs, & arc of blue sky aligned well with the 'Where do we go?" and bright blue sky references of this blog and almost has a M.C. Escher 'ish' feel.
I pulled the title of blog #3 from my favorite Guns N' Roses song, Sweet Child of Mine. Blog #1 discussed Finding Our Common Humanity, blog #2 contemplated Stepping Outside the Box as a way to find our common humanity and now I find myself asking, where do we go now?
How do I create a conversation on the page? Evoke the nostalgia/emotion strong enough to get others to engage. Sweet Child of Mine starts with this line, "She's got a smile it seems to me, reminds me of childhood memories, where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky." Powerful. Where do we go to find our power, to find a place where we feel safe enough to take the risks needed to create the world of our dreams; to grab that fluffy cloud of dreams that seems to float above our head in sight but out of reach so much of the time (imagery taken from great comment on my first blog)?
It is so easy to get tangled in the web of everyday struggles and wore down by all the demands and distractions of our modern world. Can we go back to simple? Can we rediscover the wonder we felt as a child that was as fresh as the bright blue sky?
Yes we can. It is not easy but it can be simple.
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To create the life of my dreams, I first needed to discern my greatest desire.
What I found is that my greatest desire was simply to be all of me - too much and too little all in one. And what I needed, was to find the courage to be me no matter what the consequences. Let others judge me however they like, my life journey is about finding and following my personal truth. As long as I am acting out of love and not out of anger, fear or hurt, the path to my destiny will unfold.
The path to the life of my dreams did not unfold over night. It has been over 9 years (using Oct 2007 as my starting point) since my inner journey began and it was only in Nov 2016, less than 4 months ago, that I finally started to feel like I was living the life of my dreams on a day-to-day basis. I texted my good friend at the beginning of Nov, "It is starting to feel like I'm living the life of my dreams simply by taking steps each day to create the life I desire." It seems so simple but has taken me many years to reach this point.
In several ways, my life does not 'measure up' to the fanciful dreams I had over the years. I don't own a beach house, I don't have a life-partner or any children, I'm not financially independent and I don't own a lamborghini or tesla, and I never competed in the olympics as a gymnast or figure-skater. What I've learned is that life is not about what I don't have or didn't get or haven't done, it is about being grateful for what I do have and being open to the amazing experiences life offers every day if I am in the right frame of mind to recognize and appreciate them.
The first step toward living the life of your dreams is knowing who you are and finding the courage to be that person no matter the consequences. Where do we go now? On a magical, mythical journey to life of our dreams! : ) It will not always feel magical or mythical, but I have found it is an amazing, empowering journey.
I would love to hear your thoughts on where do we go now?, the wonder of childhood, the life of your dreams, discovering who you are at your core and finding your personal truth . . . have a great week.