I just watched a movie from Netflix that was unexpectedly inspiring called Morning Glory. In it a young woman was facing obstacles in pursuing her dream. Her mother told her that, at her age, continuing to believe had become an embarrassment. She continued anyway and, through it all, she found a way to be kind. Of course, this being Hollywood, it all worked out. But I do believe it can in real life, too. There is magic in believing and in kindness. The two combined are a powerful force.
People can be mean. They can take advantage. They can throw up impossible-seeming roadblocks. But if we continue, if we follow our own internal compass and we intend no harm, I think we can overcome even some of the harshest of situations. And we can realize our dreams—don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
There has been some conflict up here on the High Road lately. It happens everywhere where people come together, doesn’t it? But if we try to understand where the other is coming from, if we don’t react, if we consider and hold back, often equilibrium can be found again. There is the capacity for good and for bad in every one of us. Therefore, we need to give the other the benefit of the doubt as often as we can. Before we know it we’ll be needing the same consideration.
A friend of Truchas, one who no longer lives among us but is much loved, came to visit this last week. Her 70th birthday happened while she was here. Jan is kind, always. She carries light with her wherever she goes. She puts things into perspective. So, in spite of the freak snowstorm raging outside, we all came together—to celebrate her, to bask in her warmth, to be reminded that ego doesn’t win in the end and that love really is the answer.
Interestingly, I was looking for a synonym for the word “dream” just now and this is what the thesaurus offered: bubble, castle in the air, daydream, delusion, fancy, fantasy, hallucination, head trip, nightmare, pie in the sky, pipe dream, trance, vagary, wraith.
Then there were the antonyms: actuality, certainty, existence, fact, reality, substance, truth.
Is it any wonder we grow up believing that following our dreams is unrealistic and settling for less is responsible?
Please, please, follow your hearts, live your dreams, embrace kindness, forgive.
Love to you all,