The season for hope is nearly here and yet many believe that hope is only a dream. Hope is knowing that tomorrow can be the start of something new, something grand, and something wonderful. Hope is having the ability to not only dream but to watch that dream unfold in your own life.
Albert Einstein has been quoted saying, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”, and what wisdom exists in those words. Learn what we can from the past, live in the present and enjoy what it brings and then hope for a better tomorrow.
Rekindle the dream, let a new light shine on the dream, and then with hope and determination shape that dream piece by piece into a new reality.
Let hope live within you as you pursue your dreams.
“The experience of essence is subtle. If it weren’t, we would all be aware of having it already. By facing our own limitations, a process of expansion begins as old boundaries dissolve. We know this isn’t an illusion of brain chemistry, because as resistance vanishes, hidden possibilities unfold. Suddenly a person can feel love and express it. Insights reveal new truths about the self and about life.”
Consider for a moment that most people fight barriers that exist within themselves. Most of the time those barriers only get stronger rather than weaker. The idea is that what we resist persists and the more we push against our own personal boundaries the stronger they seem.
At some point we fear creating goals, creating a new trajectory for our life because we mistakenly believe that we can’t achieve that goal for some reason. Perhaps that dream that was once alive was squashed and in that moment you said, “Never again!” and sure enough that wall instantly appeared.
What would it take to remove that wall? What is stopping you from removing brick by brick that wall that was erected because of something that occurred in the past?
What is leadership to you? How do you live when you are leading? How do you lead you?
Ancient wisdom from Tao 17 offers us a good definition of leadership. There are many others, tons of leadership definitions all trying to explain what leadership is.
The best leaders are those the people hardly know exist.
The next best is a leader who is loved and praised.
Next comes the one who is feared.
The worst one is the leader that is despised.
If you don’t trust the people,
they will become untrustworthy.
The best leaders value their words, and use them sparingly.
When she has accomplished her task,
the people say, “Amazing:
we did it, all by ourselves!”
Imagine the possibilities if all leaders practiced the kind of leadership expressed in Tao 17. Leaders have to learn to let go, to shift the control to the people and then let them reach the goal.
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”
“We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.”
E. Merrill Root
Some people have lost the desire to wonder, the ability to dream with the full reckless imagination. The wonder of a sun setting over the sea as palm trees frame the golden hues in the skies.
The wonder of a warm summer day, a day that is lazy, a day that can kiss the worries good-bye is a day of wonder.
Wonder can awaken our dreams from a deep slumber. Wonder can be the vision of a place not yet seen that beckons your arrival. Wonder is asking what is beyond the furthest thing you can see.
What awakens your soul? What is wonder to you?
“Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals.
Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind,
the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts,
for out of them will grow all delightful conditions,
all heavenly environment – of these, if you but remain true to them,
your world will at last be built.”
Is the life you are living today the life you desire to live?
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Rumi
Be what you do. That is difficult for many people, to live in harmony with their intention, their purpose and their strengths. It is too easy to get trapped in a world where you live a life that is far less than your potential is.