Saturday, November 24, 2012

What If...?

Imagination and courage are of a piece.  It doesn't take a lot of energy to imagine that life will go on as it is, but it takes great courage to imagine how we could possibly do something to make it different. 

Joan Chittister

What if we all did just that--determine what our unique contribution could possibly be that would make a positive difference in our lives and in the lives of others?  Is it so hard to believe that each of us holds an inborn treasure that is meant to be shared with at least one other person in this world?  Why is it not irrefutably apparent that every life has meaning and purpose?  What if we all began to live that important truth.

What if each person recognized their true worth and decided to live the dream that has been inscribed in their innermost being.  What if living your dream inspired others to dare to dream.  What if you can imagine a better way and then used the available resources to begin to create that way. 

I am reminded of a folk tale entitled "Nail Soup" that I read as a child.  As the story goes, a wanderer finds his way into an "unfriendly" town and decides to make a pot of soup.  He places a nail into a pot of boiling water.  The people of the town stop by and inquire about the soup.  One by one they add an ingredient until the tastiest soup is made and everyone is served.  All the people of this "unfriendly" town end up enjoying each other's company over a meal that was created by them all.

One individual can bring about powerful changes, but collectively we can heal the world.  What is your vision?  What is your gift?  How does your dream begin? 

The most important thing is to realize that life is a process.  Here are three steps to begin living your dreams.

1.  Be true to yourself.  If you don't know who you really are, then begin to look within.
2.  Be silent and still for just 10 minutes; If you already have a practice, seek out ways that deepen your practice. 
3.  Begin to eliminate the imbalances in your life.  Being in balance is key to living your dreams.

Love and blessings to you,

Kathleen O'Malley

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