If you have forgotten how to dream, HOW do you start again?
We started this journey by asking ourselves “What would you do if money were no object?”
Then we went a step further, and looked at what gives our life meaning. We thought about our passions, and what sparks our heart to life, or ‘puts a fire in your belly’?
We talked about picturing your life as a story, and asked the question, “How can I live a better story?”
It’s easy to get stuck on those questions, especially if you haven’t thought about such things for a while. Next we looked at what might hinder us from finding our dream, or our passion.
Here are some questions that can help open your heart and mind and start you dreaming again. Once again, if you journal the answers to these questions, it might be easier to process through them. You also might not be able to answer the all of the questions right now – think about them for a while, and then come back. Once you start opening the door to dreaming again, you will be surprised at the thoughts that start to flow and the feelings that begin to bubble up to the surface.
- Write a list of things you LOVE. Not things you love, but things you LOVE, in all caps. Don’t think too much about it or analyze each item, just write things down as you think of them.
- When you were a child of about age 8-10, what did you love to do? What did you spend most of your time doing? Before age 10, we usually aren’t distracted by hormones, and social and economic class didn’t mean that much to most of us. We were just carefree kids, our essence of self just forming, untainted by society and social norms.
- What energizes you? Is there an activity, project, ministry, artistic endeavor, type of relationship that really gets you jazzed? When do you feel most alive?
- What are your hobbies?
- What type of people are you drawn to?
- What times in your life were you most happy?
- What do you think about on your down time? (Like at night just before bed? *** Side note: if you are the type of person who is never without your phone or computer, you may not be allowing yourself any down time. If you have a habit of picking up your phone to check social media first thing in the morning and you are on social media until you fall asleep, you may not be giving yourself down time. TRY THIS: When you go to bed tonight, put your phone where it is not within arms reach. As you are falling asleep, give yourself time without any distractions – no phone, computer, television, earphones. Just you and the quiet. When you awake in the morning, give yourself at least 5 minutes of time without distractions. You can use this time to think, pray, meditate, or just be still. You might be surprised what happens after just a few days. Start with 5 minutes of quiet at night and 5 minutes before you get out of bed in the morning.
- What do you dream about? And this time I am talking about the kind of dreams that you have when you’re asleep at night. When we are asleep, our brain is still working, still processing in our subconscious. Write down your dreams for one month, and see if there is a common theme.
- What do you like to read about, or what kind of information are you drawn to? History? Fiction? Self-help?
- What do you like to do for artist expression or creativity? Write? Draw? Sing?
These questions may not give you a definite answer, but each is a piece of the puzzle.
Pleasant dreams . . .
In tomorrow’s post, I’ll share the ONE thing that is the secret of life.
I definitely need to shut my phone off and think about these.
Loved this. Thank you for such a good reminder and the practical applications. Going to dream right now.
So much great encouragement here. I haven’t given myself permission to dream in a long time. Everyone else’s needs always come first. But one day the kids will be grown and I want to be the best version of me when that happens. Thanks for the practical steps down that road.