When was the last time you didn't stop to worry about "practical", "economical", or "realistic"?
When was the last time you allowed yourself to believe in a dream you have kept wrapped in your soul for so long?
When was the last time you said "to hell with it" and did exactly – exactly – what you wanted to do, fueled only by your insatiable passion for an idea?
When was the last time you let yourself get carried by a dream?
Lupine has wanted a roadside flower stand for as long as I can remember.
And it doesn't matter that we live on a back country road with zero traffic. It doesn't matter that she didn't get around to much planting this spring. It doesn't matter that it's 85 F and sunny at the top of the driveway.
It matters only that she's wildly, madly, passionately head-over-heels with this idea. This idea is her everything.
And watching her up there in the afternoon sunshine she became my zen master teacher. (Again.)
She has so much to share, if only I put down my work, show up, and quietly listen. All children do.
And watching her work it all came clear.
Because when was the last time you remember feeling like this about something – about anything?
For real. And how could we not want to feel this way again?
When your heart swells from excitement and possibility, and you can't think of a single more inspiring way to spend your time.
Most grown-ups suck at this. It's true. But only because we've forgotten.
We've forgotten what it feels like to be unable to sleep for the potential before us. When we have dreamed of something so long and with so much focus that there was no other option than it coming to be so we watch for it – wait for it – create it.
When the "success" or "failure" of your journey are irrelevant because the reward was simply in the doing.
It's been a long time for most of us. Way too long.
Caught up in the daily grind our passions sleep. Most days we're so busy with life and work and distraction we forget they are even there.
But our passions are only comatose – not dead – hypnotized by busy days, media, and fear.
Perhaps it's time to wake them.
So I ask: what do you want most of all?
You only get to live this lifetime once. Are you living the life you desire?
Your dream is in you.
Watch for it. Listen to it. Wake it up.