A friend recently shared with me that she and her daughter were making “vision boards” as a way to start off the fresh, new year. I found this kinda intriguing. It made me think about what new goals, aspirations and/or dreams I might be wrestling with. We all have those, you know. But putting the vision on paper, defining the goals or being vulnerable enough to share your dreams in a tangible presentation, takes tremendous courage. When we make our goals or dreams visible, there’s an unspoken hope of such becoming a reality. I often say to myself, “but what if I fail? What if I don’t accomplish that? What if others think that dream is silly or selfish?” Who gives a rip what anyone thinks! We only fail when we don’t even have the courage to attempt! Without a dream or vision posted high, we merely exist. Don’t spend your time on Earth just existing, dare to dream.
Zoe and I considered the project and jumped on board, literally! What I didn’t realize, was that this “vision board” was going to be more than just a creative project for me. As my adventure began, I thought long and hard about the words I chose. Words are powerful and we often times take on the words spoken to us, about us or over us. A lot of what others spew upon us can be negative, hurtful, insignificant or meaningless, yet we allow those defining words to attach themselves to us.
All the words on my board had to be life-giving, encouraging, inspiring and positive! I printed and pasted pictures of people, places and memories that are positive in my life. What I didn’t do was include any fears, worries, weaknesses I possess, struggles or other “triggers” that only serve as haunting reminders of pain or disappointments I have faced. This is a board that should build you up, not tear you down, so carefully choose who and what goes on your board! [Read more…]