It Christmas time! Oh how I love this time of year. For me this time of year is about dreaming a bigger dream, pursuing a bigger goal and setting a bigger intention. I do not go to the shopping malls or the the department stores this time of year. Any gift I give is from the heart and is hand made. But, I know that there are some people who make this time of year so hard on themselves. Most people have stressed out lives on a daily bases anyway, then add to it all the holiday stress and people lose their minds. But, that shouldn’t be what this time of year is about. This shouldn’t be the time of year that we dread or get stressed out about, it should be about dreams and visions for a better world. If we put the same energy that we put into buying presents, going to parties, worrying about long lines and sitting outside of stores at all hours of the night trying to get the best deal on this or that, if we put that same energy into birthing our dreams, what a wonderful world this would be. So, if we think of this time of year with the intention of dreams and visions for a better life and a better world, what would that look like? What is the meaning of having a dream?
Our dreams are visions that are given to us. They are what we jump out of bed every day to do with a smile on our faces. This is the time of year that we should actually be slowing down. This time of year is when we should be resetting our priorities and doing the things that bring more meaning to our lives. This is the time of year that we should be putting our families first by spending more time with them. This is the time of year when we deck the halls, string the popcorn, listen to Christmas carols, bake cookies and drink hot chocolate by the fireplace. This is the time of year that we dream bigger dreams for our lives, for our families and for our world. Our problem is that we have ignored the dreamer. We forget to include ourselves in the hustle and bustle of life. This time of year should be magical and bring forth the good inside each one of us. Why have we turned it into a hockey match where we are pushing and shoving each other for the latest gadget or toy? We have allowed the media and the department stores to dictate to us what is important and have lost sight of what is really important. What kind of legacy are we leaving for our children? What kind of example are we setting for them? Instead of going to the store at midnight on black Friday and knocking people over for stuff, why can’t we sit down at the dinner table with our family and write down our vision for the season. Why aren’t we pushing people out of the way to help others? Why are the shelves at the local food bank empty while we’re out buying useless stuff for people we don’t even like?
I heard a song with the lyrics, “You can ignore the dreamer, but you can’t deny the dream”. But, I think that is exactly what we are doing in our world today, we are ignoring the dreamers and denying our dreams. We have become brainwashed into thinking that we need things that we don’t, or if we don’t give the biggest and the best gift we are not worthy of love. What kind of world have we become that people have to be tasered to bring order to a department store on black Friday? Is this the kind of dreams we have for our society? We should be thinking of our dreams as living legacies. Something we feel good about everyday, not something we have to get. There should be more to our dreams than a wish list of the things we want. Our dreams should be about what we can do to make a better family, a better community, a better nation, a better world. This may seem like big dream, especially when we see the horror of what this season brings, but if we start with each one of us, one step at a time, it can be achieved.
What does it take to hold onto the vision of our dream? The first step is to take care of the dreamer inside of ourselves. Remembering that we are human “beings”, and that just being is good enough,we don’t have to do anything. Being our authentic self is enough. As our authentic selves we will take the actions necessary to birth our dream. Its only when we are in our egos that we get stagnant and do nothing or think that we have to do it all, today. Its our egos that tell us that we have to have the best or be the best or give the best. Our egos put up the barriers and road blocks that keep us from moving forward. The ego tells us that we are not good enough or big enough and brings up the fears inside us.
Underneath the chaos of the season we are fabulous people, living fabulous lives. Its when we stop thinking about ourselves and others, that we get stuck in stinkin’ thinkin’. Lets remember our power, because we tend to forget that we have what it takes inside of us to get us to where we believe we can be. To fill the gap between the dreamer and the dream we need to take inspired action and don’t forget to love the dreamer so we can support our dream.
My dream for this season and for seasons to come is that people will stop and think. Think about what is happening and take responsibility for our own actions. My dream is that people would remember that this season started as a season of love, peace on earth good will toward men. Not a knock down drag out fight to get the best deal on the latest thing. STOP THE MADNESS! We have to realize that the dream knows more than we do and that we are the servers of our dreams and we are the only ones who can bring it to reality. No matter how bad it looks on the outside, we can not give up, no matter how bleak the future may look now, if we believe in our dream for a better world, we will persevere.
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