Henry David Thoreau has inspired me to stretch my imagination and thoughts. He instilled a sense of environmentalism in me. He inspired me to stretch my thinking in new ways, and whether I agreed or disagreed with everything he said, he gave me a basis in which I could develop my own ideas.
There have been many times during my life that I have lost the sense that I can go confidently in the direction of my dreams. We all get bogged down in the daily living of this world. We have bills to pay, children to raise, partners to make happy, bosses to please.......and in those things, our dreams often get lost. Often we forget what our dreams are. To me they are like the sun rising over Walden Pond. Even if we forget them, they are there to begin anew the next day.
I love this quote from Thoreau.
As many of you know,I was a cognitive therapist. I worked with people to help them improve their lives by changing their thoughts. Often being the very fallible person that I am, I would forget to practice this myself. So recently I have been working to change this. When I start to think that my dreams can't happen, I stop myself. I picture a big stop sign in my mind.
and then I change how I am thinking.
When I started writing this blog I didn't really have a plan, but at some point I realized that I like this. This is something I can do. It is something I enjoy. It is something I can be successful at, and when I changed my thinking about it my success began to blossom. I went from a few hundred views a month to over 30,000 in the last month. WOW, there are people out there who like what I have to say. I like what I have to say. I like me!!! That is not being egotistical, it is loving myself, which is the most important thing in this journey we call life. And, if there are people out there who disagree with something I say or share, I invite those people to share their views.
I am practicing carrying this over into all aspects of my life. For too long, I tried selling things in my vintage shop that weren't what I liked. I now focus on the things I love.
Yes, I know there will be people who love them, and others who will say "not so much", but I know that by being true to my dreams and not doing what others think I should do, I will be happy. I will be dreaming confidently.
What are your dreams? I would love to hear them.