Want to know what I love about summer? My birthday (6/25), lots of warm sunny weather, and I can run outside! Last week Monday, on my birthday, I went for my first “outside” run of the season…and it felt great! AND it keeps getting better because each time I go something magical happens. The other day I ran smack into a deer! What a wonderful surprise and profound message. Nature and animals are wise spirits and they have so much wisdom to share. (If you are interested in the message of my deer, it’s on my Facebook wall…check it out. If we are not “friends” and you would like the meaning–feel free to send me a friend request.)
That brings me to this morning’s run…and as Oprah puts it, my HUGE “Aha” moment, along with a rush of emotion, and healing. When I run, I am in alignment with my-SELF. I am without negative thoughts or feelings. I am free. As my thoughts were moving in and out, in what seemed a whisper of a moment, I confronted, my fear of dreaming big. All of a sudden everything was known. I was taken back to when I was a dancer. For 15 years, dancing on Broadway was my big dream…I wanted nothing else. A knee injury ended that dream when I was 18…and I haven’t allowed myself to dream since. I’ve set goals, yes. Some attained. Some failed. Others just fizzled. But, no dream. Instead, I’ve played it safe. Experiencing temporary “blips” of success, “blips” of joy. I have kept my heart out of it….until now.
As I am running with the sting of tears in my eyes, I catch my breath as I release my fear…and grant myself the space to finally grieve the loss of a dream. As I type these words, I know that the grieving process has just begun. I am grateful however, that I have opened the door to healing, once again free to engage my heart and dream big as I did when I was a small child. The key to unlocking and living your full potential is to dream big. There is no other way…
What is your “pie in the sky” dream? Do you have one? Have you ever had one? If you don’t…then what are you waiting for?
To dream big is to love yourself completely, and there is no greater gift than the gift of self-love.