I began the lead article on the front page with the saying, “It’s not where you start. It’s how you finish.”
Then at the book signing on Tuesday afternoon, the author shared how he had a dream to complete his book by age 40 but he was 44 years late.
Then he asked us to think about what our dreams are.
What are your dreams? What is on your bucket list?
I have a few I have shared before. Writing a few books, running a half marathon, my family strong and healthy, traveling the world, seeing the Northern Lights, doing the rim to rim at the Grand Canyon.
With the state of the world, my energy can get caught up in things out of my control.
I have no answers for the war with Russia and Ukraine.
I can’t tell you how high gas prices will soar. I don’t have a crystal ball to answer anything about the future.
I remember hearing a pastor talk about the bible verse Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”
He said if you were holding a lantern in the dark, you couldn’t see far ahead, just what is right in front of your feet. And that is where God comes in. God is saying stay with me here. I’ve got this. Just walk right here right now and I will show you when I need you to move or stop or change direction.
When I get fearful or carried away in worry, I am focusing on everything out of my control and that is when I get scared and frustrated.
Lately I have been gripped with fear of something awful happening to my daughter. Somehow if I worry I feel like I am in control.
The truth is I am not. I can’t guess the future for good or for bad. But maybe some of my energy could go to possibility.
What if something great was about to happen? What if my energy went to fulfilling some of those dreams?
We all know there are no guarantees in life. So after some prayer, I am meditating on the lamp at my feet.
I have today. Today I can do something towards those goals and dreams, even if it is a little something.
I can pray over my family and my dreams. I can read a few pages towards my goal. I can write a few words toward my book. I can work out to strengthen my body.
I can’t change where I am starting from, but I have some control over where I finish.
My worry isn’t getting me anywhere.
How about you? What are you doing today to take one step closer to your goals and dreams? Maybe it begins with gratitude of where you are or how far you have come? Maybe it means finally writing them down and reading them daily?
Since setting a goal of reading 20 books in 2022, I am on my tenth book. I have read more in the first few months of this year than I have in a long time.
I push my daughter to practice her piano or clean. Maybe it is time to dust off those dreams and put a little heart into them?
I will close with a little Bob Marley “Don’t worry about a thing. Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.”
Sending you some good vibes today that you have peace in your heart and a dream to work towards.
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