Holiday Part 2 (Dreams)
A Dream and some songs.
After the hustle and bustle of Christmas and before the clinking glasses and hopeful toasts of New Year’s Eve, there is space; a lull of sorts. That lull is about 6 days long and I absolutely love it. Workloads tend to lighten, the Christmas tree is still lit, leftover fudge and Chex mix abounds, road rage lessens, and I get to don my cozy new boot socks Santa brought me. Success! Perhaps best of all though, my overactive imagination runs hard and fast like Eric Liddell in the 1924 Summer Olympics (Insert: “Chariots of Fire” theme song). This sacred space allows my introvert to really shine as I take inventory of the year: it’s joys, heartaches, awkward moments (you know you have them too…), losses, hilarities, and lessons learned.
If you have worked with me in a counseling setting,
I allow myself a good day if possible to just dream; to journal and visualize those things that I long for in the coming days, weeks, and months. In therapy, we talk a lot about goals. I am pretty sure I read somewhere that the happiest people around are really good at setting goals for themselves. I am NOT referring to New Year’s resolutions. Those tend to create an impossible set of rules based on obligation as opposed to desire, and often end in failure and frustration. Take the infamous “get fit quick fix” we have all fallen prey to. If the resolution is to grace Barry’s Boot Camp at 5:30am, 7 days a week for a month, you will undoubtedly find me “exercising” my stubbornness as I double fist a triple grande latte and a cranberry scone at the corner Starbucks instead. Perhaps you have a different experience and if so I applaud you.
But what if we took our dreams and desires; those things that bring life, possibility, and excitement; and boiled them down into realistic, attainable goals? What if there was a way to put some tangible probability to our dreams? Personally, I want to finish a handful of songs and get back in the studio to record them after a year-long hiatus. (There, now I’ve said it. I’m committed and accountable!) What is that thing for you? I would love to hear about them, brainstorm, and even journey with you as we turn 2015’s corner! We all need support on our journeys as we reach toward those dreams and desires that make us the unique creatures that we are.
It’s Go time…
Just for kicks, and because I do love a good song, I have created a little playlist on Spotify for your dream-making, imagination-fueling, and goal-setting pleasure. They are some of my favorite songs of 2014. I hope you enjoy…and would love to connect with you soon!
Happy New Year and Cheers to YOU!
Love and Gratitude,