The Dream That Got Away

“A dream is an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will, and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it.”

John C Maxwell

Most people dream, but that is where it ends. Whether they’ve been discouraged to dream by others or they are hindered by past disappointments, they simply dream and nothing else. This story written by a beautiful human, who chooses to be unknown, shares what so many of those dreamers go through each time that dream gets away.

Enjoy the read and let me know if you are part of the dreamers who make things happen or part of the dreamers who let the dreams get away.

Another one bites the dust

A familiar, sinking feeling washed over me as I scrolled through my messages. My sister had sent a picture she’d snapped of an ad. I zoomed in. It read: “Beautiful Seasonal Planters, Installed At Your Door.” Below it she had included a message. “Look what I found in a magazine. And why exactly did we not start our company?!!!!” I was staring at photo evidence of the latest of many lost opportunities.

Dreams are life, and my sister breathes them like I do.

We get on the phone and inhale each other’s dreams. Most importantly, along with visualization, together we validate and encourage one another while scheming. It has become what we call, “dreaming and scheming time”. Usually by the time we hang up the phone and exhale again, those dreams already begin to evaporate into mist. Sometimes they form clouds of “what ifs” and “could haves” and “should haves.”

This particular dream was lost to “The Garden Girls” and their outdoor planter decor service. My sister and I had dreamed that business up too. It’s like they had tapped our phone lines and overheard the hours of enthusiastic chatter. We’d buy the stock and offer a few designs for each of the changing seasons. There would be winter birch and berries, summer trailing ivy with a topiary, rustic fall featuring cabbages and grasses.

“This business and many like it, are thriving and flourishing somewhere. However, for us, they only survived in our imagination.”

Life is always good in our dreams. We already live in hypothetical mansions and drive imaginary Audis that don’t break down. We’ve hired house keepers who occasionally get dinner in the oven and it’s easy to spend our nonexistent revenue.

“Dreams come a size too big so that we grow into them.”

Josie Bisset

We believe in dreams. We love them, honour them and we know they’ve got to be given a voice. So we say them out loud, sometimes more than once. They make us laugh and keep us going. We loved that particular seasonal outdoor decor dream for a few weeks, or months. Clearly it was okay to let it go and by the evidence, it went full steam ahead.

Inspecting the ad, my initial gut reaction said, “Blast those Garden Girls and their urn designs.” Certainly, giving into envy would have been easy, however, I decided to turn the envy to a positive thought. I will envy the nerve it took for those girls to step forward (with their cute logo of a stick lady in high heeled green shoes), and build a successful business. The thing about being a dreamer is that I am acutely aware that:

“….dreams remain solely dreams unless you have the nerve to step out and make those dreams reality.”

As a result, The Garden Girls may have caught our dream in their web and created something incredible that could have been ours. But I’ll be the first to applaud them for the planning and hard work it took to bring it to life. I admire the Mabel’s Labels sisters who took a dream of keeping their kids’ school supplies and turned it into the thriving label business it is today.

My sister and I find that our dreams often do come fruition. There was:

  • Party in a Box, the birthday party theme made easy for those who can’t decorate. You can now buy one online.
  • Homemade Christmas baking brought to your door to make the holidays easier and more delicious.
  • Baskets Only, the fabulous way to gift a basket with none of the tacky extras.
  • Weekly florals for hotel lobbies
  • Event catering for house parties…We have a diverse and exciting list.

To conclude, I’ll leave you with this thought. For this outside urn idea, the “one” that got away, I am not sad for its loss. There have been, and will continue to be many more dreams where that one came from. My sister put it like this, “Maybe we should sell our ideas!”

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