Is the dream robbing you of your reality?

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Is the dream robbing you of your reality?

Sitting in our school cafeteria the other day, my assistant and I were chatting about her sister who is looking into a career in the travel agency business. As such, she was “required” to fly to a few exotic islands and spend a couple of days being pampered. You understand, the best way to sell that exotic get-away is to have had a first hand experience.

So on this dreary Monday, surrounded by 140 kindergarten students, teachers, and assistants all enjoying the regular Monday lunch (chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, green peas, and peaches) we took a short trip down misery lane; lamenting the fact that we weren’t sharing the island experience with Sis. Then, something wonderful happened… we looked around at our children and realized just how much they mean to us; how they brighten our day, how much they have already grown and changed since the beginning of school.

We quickly decided that being in a newly renovated school, filled with kids who loved us, in a town that borders the Atlantic Ocean wasn’t so bad after all. We started counting our blessings and confirmed that there were many- in fact abundance! We almost let a fleeting dream rob us of our reality.

Now I ask you, “Is some far-away dream robbing you of YOUR reality?” What do you wish for that you do not have? There is a song whose lyrics say, “Life is not about having what you want, it is about wanting what you have.” What a great play on words. This is appreciation at its finest.

Now, does this appreciation make dreaming bad? NO WAY! Without dreams we’d have nothing. But here’s what I know. When I let my desire and my dreams rob me of the happiness I can find in my current circumstances, I lose out.

So how does one manage all this? Dreams vs reality… Appreciation vs desires…The future vs now. Here’s what I do and it works for me. In each reflective moment, I look around for something good and I celebrate that good thing. I recognize that at that moment, I am in it; I am part of it. There is no changing the moment- might as well embrace and enjoy it.

BUT- and this is the big one- I also regularly schedule time to work on my dreams. Yes! I make a plan. I take small steps daily toward the things I want. I know I can have it all- just not all at once. (Oh, by the way that little phrase will work with eating and keeping off unwanted pounds, but that’s a subject for another day.)

Back to the message at hand: Dreams are good, but they must not be allowed to ruin your NOW. Truly, NOW is all you are guaranteed. Live the now with gratitude. Enjoy the moment. Work diligently on the dream in scheduled times. As you embrace this way of life, you’ll no longer be robbed. You’ll be living fulfilled in the moment AND living out your biggest dreams. What could be better?

| dreams, gratitude, reality, work | October 23, 2010

About the author

Wynn Godbold is an inspired educator who stretches herself and those around her to new heights. Her work as a speaker, trainer, and administrative coach carries her across the United States where she spreads her message of inspiring teachers to reach children with authenticity, joy, and success. Her teacher retreats are known to empower teachers to love their lives. Teachers world-wide experience personal growth through the products and packages she offers on line. In June of 2012, Wynn kick started the International Academy of Bee Sharp Teachers. Wynn is Nationally Board Certified in Reading and the Language Arts. She has certifications in Education Administration, Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to running Bee Sharp, she consults for the McGraw Hill Education Group and serves on the Educational Team at Page Turner Adventures. Wynn lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, and the family dog, JR.

8 Responses to "Is the dream robbing you of your reality?"
  • Deb Smouse October 23, 2010

    Thank you for a lovely reminder!

  • Kimberly October 23, 2010

    Great post, Wynn. So very true. Present moment is where your life happens, not in your dreams. 🙂

  • Suzie Cheel October 23, 2010

    We need both. a mentor of mine always signs his books with Dream Big and i believe that if we keep our dreams small or don't have that bucket list we can leave the world with the music still Noting the abundance we have , the small thins is so important.


  • Clara October 23, 2010

    Thanks for this, Wyn. It echoed a conversation my husband and I were just having last night. As I work on getting clearer on and creating a business, I'm also feeling a pull to live deeper right where I am. Reading your words was reassuring.

  • Laura K. Vannah October 24, 2010

    This is great! We can get so caught up in the details that we forget to simply be present to all of the amazing things we have right now! We can both re-align with our BIG DREAMS and be grateful for the little things that show up each and every day. "Reality" is a matter of "perception." Thanks for the reminder!

  • olgadegtyareva October 28, 2010

    Nicely put, Wynn, thank you for sharing! "Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance" as Eckhart Tolle says in "A New Earth", and I reflect on it in my latest post http://olgadegtyareva.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/looking-through-rose-tinted-glasses/

  • home health aide January 19, 2011

    Do you people have a facebook fan page? I looked for one on twitter but could not discover one, I would really like to become a fan!

    • Wynn January 19, 2011

      Thank you for brining that to my attention. We sure do have a fan page on FaceBook:
      Twitter: These links are “hot” so it should be easy to find me!
      Glad to welcome you to the fold:)

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