Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dream big....and then dream BIGGER!!

I have so many dreams of things I want to do in this lifetime!!  My mind is constantly thinking of new things I want to accomplish.  The saying holds true for me that I have so many things that I want to do, that I don't even know where to begin.  Do you ever feel that way???  I do....ALOT!!!  I'm one of those people who is never satisfied with just being...if you know what I mean.  The problem is that because I want to do so many things, I have a hard time focusing on any one thing.  I don't necessarily think it's because I get bored (although I'm sure sometimes that is the case:), but more likely that I'm easily distracted by something that seems more appealing at the time or, maybe even more, by a fear of failure.  Although I've always dreamed big dreams, I know I've allowed what I thought others would say or think of me keep me from acting on them.  I, for many years, squelched the dreams I had because I felt they could never happen for me....and if I tried, I could possibly fail.       

It's fun to listen to my son, Cody, talk and dream about his future.  Sometimes when he talks about things he wants to do, I think he's crazy!  He thinks very outside the box, which is great, but can be uncomfortable for me at times.  I think about how I was dad knew he wanted to be a doctor before he graduated high school and both of my brothers knew they were going into premed to be a dentist and doctor before graduating high school as well.  Cody is not real sure what he wants to do with his life yet and sometimes I let that worry me.  I know that God has great plans for him and I know I should just rest in that, but it's hard, especially when he changes his mind, what seems like, every other week!!

The other night, Cody came into the living room where Scott and I were watching football and plopped down in the chair next to his dad.  He told us that he needed to talk to us about something.  He proceeded to tell us that he thought that we should consider buying him another car that he could drive during the winter since his Firebird doesn't do well in the snow.  He said that it would be great because then we wouldn't have to take he and Zach to school (he did admit that, in reality, he didn't want us to take him to school:) when the weather was bad and that since Zach will turn 16 this summer and start driving, that when he takes the Firebird and goes off to college next year then Zach would have a car to drive.  He then proceeded to tell us about the cars he'd been looking at online that he thought were good prices and would be good to go look at.  The kid is funny...and actually very convincing...sometimes I think he should be a lawyer because he's great at putting up an argument, even when the odds are stacked against him!!   I know whatever he chooses to do, he'll be successful at it.   He always has some new idea or dream up his sleeve and is not scared to voice it and then try it....he doesn't worry about what others think or about the possibility that it might not happen.  

Steven Paul Jobs, co-founder, chairman and former chief executive of Apple Inc., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5.   We are huge Apple fans and have been Mac users for about 8 years!  I couldn't have been more excited when Verizon came out with the Iphone...I love it!!   
It is amazing to think of all that Steve Jobs accomplished in his short lifetime!  
At a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Jobs shared the philosophy that drove him.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” Jobs said. “Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
I love this!!   When I read it, I thought about how we so often just sit back and let our inner voice be squelched by the voices of others....or sometimes maybe we're the ones who can be the dream stealers.  So that's it....the seventh thing on my countdown to 40 that I'm going to focus on...Dreaming big, which I already do, and then dreaming bigger....and encouraging others in their dreams as well!!  I'll never know if my dreams can or will come true unless I go after them!!  If it doesn't work out the way I plan, then something else will...and I'll be stronger because I went for it.  Dream it, plan it, and go after it!!   

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