Building A Dream
Peter’s dream to walk across the country didn’t actually start on March 4th of this year, but began many years ago. In some ways, we both feel we’ve already walked 6 million steps in anticipation and preparation for this adventure. I say “we” because we support each other in pursuit of our individual and collective dreams, so this particular one has been a presence in our household for some time now.
It started with a thought, an awareness of a possibility that grabbed Peter’s attention. That was back in 2008. Some of you know the story where Peter was hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park when the idea to walk across the country hit him upside the head.
One of my favorite writers, Elizabeth Gilbert, in her book Big Magic describes it this way:
Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.
Therefore, ideas spend eternity swirling around us, searching for available and willing human partners. When an idea thinks it has found somebody – say, you – who might be able to bring it into the world, the idea will pay you a visit. It will try to get your attention. (p. Gilbert goes on to say that the idea will wake you up in the middle of the night and distract you from your everyday routine. The idea will not leave you alone until it has your fullest attention. And then, in a quiet moment, it will ask, “Do you want to work with me?”(p. 36)
Peter answered “YES!” to the invitation, and that’s where it began.
Now I’ll let you in on a little secret. Our hope for The Walk is not only that Peter will raise large sums of money to benefit children in different parts of the world, but that YOU might feel inspired to pursue your own dreams. That YOU will be available for an idea to grab you by the shoulders and say, “Look – I want to create with you and it’s going to get hard and scary at times but it is SO worth it! If that 61 year old Priest can quit his job and walk across the country, then you and I can do ___________ (fill in the blank).”
People tell me they often don’t know where to start when it comes to discerning what their dream might be. So if THE IDEA has not smacked you yet, here are some guidelines to help in your own discovery.
- Pay attention to your discontent. Where in your life do you feel restless, agitated, or perhaps some wistful longing for “something more?” A client of mine recently gave me that wistful look when I shared about The Walk and started talking about how his job just wasn’t very fulfilling any more. This is a possible opening for a new idea to emerge.
- Go inside yourself and ask the question: “What would I LOVE? If anything was possible, is there something I’d LOVE to create?” Most people don’t ask this question but rather look outside themselves and allow circumstances to dictate what they can have, do or become.
- Pray. Ask God if there is something that you haven’t yet seen that might be waiting to lead you to living a fuller, deeper life.
- Quit dismissing your gifts and talents but rather get interested in how they can best be used and amplified. If you aren’t sure what those are, then ask 5 people who know and love you to reflect them back to you. Your dream will be an expression of your uniqueness in a way that nothing else could satisfy.
Keep your eyes open. Listen. Follow your curiosity. Ask questions. Sniff around. Remain open. Trust in the miraculous truth that new and marvelous ideas are looking for human collaborators every single day. Ideas of every kind are constantly galloping toward us, constantly passing through us, constantly trying to get our attention.
Let them know you’re available.
And for heaven’s sake, try not to miss the next one. (P. 49)
Contact Julia if you’re interested in exploring your dreams!