Your dream is inside you. Let it out!

by Jan on October 17, 2011

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

~Neale Donald Walsch

I’ve discovered that most of us have dreams.  Little things mostly – things that we’d love to have happen without any real expectation that they actually could.

Sometimes our dreams are so buried that we’re not even aware they exist. Often all we need is some sort of trigger or nudge to give that dream a chance to become real.

In a ten-minute conversation, Kris, a bird lover and dear friend of mine told me about her big, unfulfilled dream. It came as a result of an innocent question that I asked.

“What would you do with your life if you left your comfort zone?”

In a split second Kris began to pour out her dreams for a different life.  It went something like this:

She wants to live in the country growing organic vegetables nourished by her own compost pile, and raise chickens so she can eat organic eggs.

She wants a Zen-type work-shed to make birdhouses, birdfeeders and concrete birdbaths. She pictures the birdbaths decorated with crystals and stones that fill impressions of rhubarb leaves she has pressed into wet cement. She dreams she will express her photography on canvas.  And support herself by selling her creations.

Still dreaming, she pictures herself in bare feet, wearing overalls and stepping out the door of her new home’s wraparound porch to listen to the birds chirping. Carrying a huge mug of coffee, she ambles down the stone walkway to the shed where she works at what she loves to do.

I was impressed with the rich and vivid nature of Kris’ dream.  But it can be scary to pursue “out of the box” plans. It is never easy to break free of the assumptions and well-meant “advice” that can form imposing obstacles.

After she had given herself permission to dream out loud Kris began to think about how to start.  We ended the conversation with Kris smiling in a light-hearted mood.

Kris called me the next day–excitedly telling me she found a way to start on the path of fulfilling her dream—in just 24 hours.  It was a client’s playhouse that could be moved to her back yard.

It was the perfect size for a studio.  She could start her dream work and she has.

What is the message in this?

Hope lives inside us waiting to show us that possibility and opportunity exist.  For Kris it took only 10 minutes and the right question to break it loose.

What are your dreams?

What small steps do you think you can make?

Please let me know.

4 comments

I love this story! What an inspiration!!

by Elizabeth on October 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm. #

Thanks for taking the time to comment, Elizabeth. We hope Kris’s story inspires you to take a step in the direction of your dream!

by Elizabeth@HopeOnHope on October 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm. #

Thanks for the nudge Jan!!!!

by Kris on October 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm. #

We all need a little nudge now and then!
Hope on Hope

by Elizabeth@HopeOnHope on October 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm. #