Just two months ago, my dreams were floating lazily along like the leaves in this photo. Now, they’re frozen, along with me, the temperature and this creek.
As to what’s the best solution, it might simply be time. Waiting, and allowing life to bring new energy, ideas and opportunities as the seasons progress. My life seems to be frozen lately. I’m not working at a job or toward any particular projects. I have a couple of ideas floating around, but not really sure what I want to do.
I recently penned a poem called Frozen Dreams. In my darker moments, that seems like my life’s theme song. I have rarely reached out to grab hold of my dreams, nurture them, feed them and most importantly, act on them. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you might already know that taking action is not my strength. Here is a post from over three years ago on the need to anchor your dreams with action. Now, if only I would take my own advice!
I love to research, dream, ponder, analyze and learn, but not so much on committing and taking bold action. Part of the hesitation is that I seem to have lost all sense of what I really want in life. Especially, what I want enough to make hard choices, commitments, sacrifices and action. So I float along, like the leaves in this photo, allowing life to drag me along wherever it goes, with occasional steering and once in a while, completely abandoning the river for other pathways! And paradoxically, there is a fine line between flowing with life and becoming too passive. As to the art of flowing with life, I’m still learning.
Many of us get distracted by greener pastures; the idea that somewhere else is better than here. I’ve fought that one for much of my life. I’m only recently realizing how futile it is to always be looking elsewhere to the solution to my challenges. The real opportunity is to creatively respond to life and the situations brought my way. The best place to make a better life is here and now.
This is much easier to say than do, or gurus wouldn’t write about this over and over. So what’s an ordinary person to do? I don’t honestly know, but I do have a couple of ideas floating around. Maybe I’ll feed them to see what grows and what withers. Or maybe I’ll surprise us all and take bold action. Like a good suspense book, this story is just unfolding. Stay tuned to see what’s next!
And thanks for “listening”. I don’t write or talk about these topics much anymore. I prefer to write about inspiration, poetry, sustainability and my passions.
May our dreams grow roots and wings!