18 Sep KEEP YOUR DREAMS ALIVE
As a very reflective person I tend to think deep and wide. like every Mummy I have aspirations, heights to attain, inhibitions to overcome and Dreams to realise.
During a recent conversation with my second daugther our discussion centred on my recent adventure to The Lekki Conservation Centre (a promise to my younger children I was compelled to keep) LCC is a nature reserve, home to many of God’s wonderful creation. We toured the grounds of the reserve at the same time learning so much about the birds, animals and plants that call that place home. The highlight for me was when I had to go on The Canopy Walkway, I must state here how I have a phobia for heights, my goodness that walk across six suspended canopy bridges on the longest canopy walkway in Africa was amazing, the panoramic views from above the tree tops at 22.5 feet above ground level was something else. And like I told my children at least God and nature have given my heart a clean bill of health and somehow the strength to overcome my fear of heights. That was indeed an exhilarating experience I must say.
Further on into the conversation I opened up to her how from time to time I consider how much of my personal dreams I am yet to realise, how I feel motherhood stalled some of those dreams for a time. Nevertheless I still have that strong desire within to actualize my dreams. I have them written down, I tend to fine tune them with time, I talk about them. The scriptures below motivate me and give me the needed fuel to Keep my Dreams Alive;
Ecc 3 vs 1 MSG ‘There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth…’
The secret to not missing that ‘opportune time’ is to keep on dreaming. Never give up. Don’t exchange your dream for anything. At the appropriate time it will most certainly come together, just like my day trip to LCC.
Habb 2 vs 3 NKJV ‘For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.’
The Waiting Season. This has a huge impact on the ‘big picture’. It encapsulates a lot, it is a time of attending to the finer details: training, acquiring relevant skills, working on your people skills, developing an action plan, networking, revenue and other resource generation and a whole lot more.
Over and over again we hear how motherhood is a life time commitment and that is the absolute truth. But it does not in any way spell the end of a personal dream or vision or aspiration.
Yes some mothers have had to sacrifice much more than others on this call, however, I see it as an extended period to do more in preparation for the days ahead.
Dear Mummy, whatever phase of motherhood you find yourself at the moment please enjoy it to the maximum. It is a phase you are never getting back to. It may look like forever before the children grow up and are able to stand on their own but that time will surely come. And who says you will be too old to go after your dreams? No one can stop you except YOU.
Give your dreams whatever it takes to stay alive.
PS: ‘Dreams’ are not restricted to career, academic pursuit or entrepreneurial ventures. That fun trip, that adventure, that out of the box idea can be just it.
Have a fulfilling week ahead.