What sets your heart on fire? If you stopped right now and made a list, how many things would be on it?
Maybe you have a list already, one that’s blazing inside of you. I’d love to hear about it. I find that when someone shares the dreams that light them up, it inspires me. I catch a part of their glow and feel brighter and there is a desire in me to reach beyond where I am. To reach higher and wider than I have before.
I am constantly watching and waiting in expectation for ideas that will give new dimension to my world.
I came across one recently. I listened to an audiobook by Marie Forleo, titled Everything Is Figureoutable. She is a wonderfully dynamic person who has an incredibly simple and effective strategy for solving life situations. I strongly encourage anyone interested, to check out the link I’ve provided about her at the bottom of this post.
Here’s one of the ideas she suggested. It a simple exercise but if you allow it, it has profound ramifications.
You write down this statement and then complete it with your own personal answer, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…”.
I think this is so important that I’ve decided to do the exercise once a month. It appeals to me not only because it is fun, but because it encourages me to explore grand possibilities. Each time I do it, I open to a sense of adventure and excitement and write down my biggest dreams.
So, if you took a few minutes, what would you write down? What do you think would be cool to experience in your life?
I find it works best if you release all the normal limitations we place on our dreams. Just go for it and write down everything you feel like putting out into the universe.
My answers are outlandish now. At first, they were somewhat contained, but I asked myself, ‘why are you restricting yourself’? So, take it from me, let go and write everything that comes to you.
Would it help if I gave you a few of my answers?
If you said ‘no’ then skip to the next paragraph, but if you said ‘yes’, keep reading. Wouldn’t it be cool if…I could share my thoughts, dreams and revelations with people across the world, wouldn’t it be cool…if I could fly, if I could visit Bali, if I could talk with anyone I wanted (now or from any time), if I could see like a hawk, if I could walk the Appalachian Trail, if I could sponsor children to a better life, if I could create amazing art, if I could write something that would brighten someone’s life, if I could dream every night in color, if I could see the aurora borealis from my backyard.
The list of things I can dream is endless and they are not all beyond my reach. That’s part of the benefit and joy of doing this. They trigger something in me that feels real and that creates joy inside me.
So, what do you want to experience in your life?
Here’s something to keep in mind as ideas come to you. Write them down without hesitation. Save the second guessing and analysis for later. This is a brainstorming exercise, so just let go and get carried away.
In case you are wondering, the answer is ‘yes’, some of the ideas I write down inspire me so much that they become real. I invest time, money, and attention in them. I don’t allow myself to get caught up in any kind of restrictive logical thinking which prevents action. I set that thinking aside and instead of asking myself ‘how CAN I do this’, I ask myself, how WILL I do this? The word ‘can’ often stops me, but the word ‘will’ offers me power and I use it to create solutions and bring my ideas to life.
So, wouldn’t it be cool if…
Here’s the link to learn more about Marie Forleo.
4 Replies to “Heart on Fire”
There are so many things on my “wouldn’t it be cool if…” list. Writing is the big one. I’d love to be able to retire from work right now (even though I really love my job) and spend my days creating.
That sounds nice and I’d love to read what you’d end up writing, when the time comes.
I actually have several publications already. You can see the list here: http://astutedata.com/websites/jsblume/Publications.aspx?AuthorID=1.
Last week, I submitted a Hanukkah screenplay to a holiday themed contest. I’m working on an adaption of A Christmas Carol for another screenplay contest. And, I’m working on turning one of my short stories into a novella.
But, it would be really cool if I didn’t have to scrape out the time to write. I’ve got so many more ideas!
I think it’s wonderful that you still make time to write and challenge yourself with the fun contests. Hope you do well in them and that more time frees up for you to write. I’ve enjoyed all of the works to date.