“If there's a single lesson that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so.”
Good morning, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for great things this week. Who am I to hold you back? Let’s get to it!
On a recent morning ride to school my son asked me an interesting question: do baby kittens come into the world with all the skills they need for life? I surmised that kittens are like most other mammals, starting with basic skills but needing parents to guide them to more nuanced life skills. Think about the nuanced life skills you’ve learned along the way. I can recall many, many, many, and in fact continue to learn many important life truths long after I’m free from a parental umbrella. One of the early skills learned is that action, not dreams, is required for success.
If you think back to the dreams you had as a child I’ll bet you had more than a few. The classics of policeman, fireman, etc. (yes, I know, I know, I’m exposing my male-centric childhood thinking and I apologize…) didn’t come true for me, not because they couldn’t but simply because I didn’t try. Wishes and dreams are important but the only ones that have any chance at all of eventuating are the ones for which you work. The fact is that you are working for something and chances are it’s not your dream or wish. Somehow, and for some cruddy reasons, we disconnect the precious energy we have from the wishes and dreams that nourish our hearts. Like sunshine for the plant the only hope of life for your wishes is a constant feeding of your precious energy.
· Would you like to be a bit healthier? Feed that wish some energy.
· Would you like to have more and better relationships? Feed that wish some energy.
· Would you like better financial outcomes? Feed that wish some energy.
· Would you like more freedom? Feed that wish some energy.
It’s hard to think about wishes in mid- or later life because they might remind us of deep disappointments. But at all stages of life we think a little forward and craft some wishes. However forward yours are… are you ready to invest a little (or a lot) of energy? Nothing else will get you there. Life teaches us that lesson pretty quickly, and to kittens, too. Get to it, dreamers and doers! And have a great week.