Attain: 1. To arrive at or succeed in teaching or obtaining something.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore — and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over — like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
- Langston Hughes
I’m spiraling down a winding road. My hands gripping the wheel with every muscle — every desire, I have left. The sky is filled with my inner most thoughts and dreams. My ancestral line is showing me the connections between my successes/failures and my destiny/demise. I can see the end of this road, no more than 7 miles. As I get closer, the sky draws nearer. Mile 3 — my destiny is in arms reach and the brakes don’t work. Mile 2 — the car slowly begins to fade as I am painted next to the stars. Mile 1 — the stars are too close; with a Big Bang, I am awake, in my bed... in my home...
For the past two years I’ve been planning and planning; and planning. Talking myself out of being ready, convincing myself I needed more time. Creating whatever story I needed to tell at that moment to stand as an excuse for fear. All this time I’ve been preparing, I’ve also been stalling. Stalling for the fear of success. What would happen if I pursued my dreams? What would happen if I put fear aside and actually went after the things I want? — How do I shake this unnerving feeling of inadequacy? How do I convince myself of my truth; I am necessary.
To find or create an attainable dream it must also be vulnerable. There must be opportuniteas for growth. In my experience, the perfect plan does not exist. Therefore, all plans are vulnerable in some way. Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness the way some definitions explain. It is often the difference between being phenomenal and ordinary.
To open yourself up to vulnerability takes immense courage. In times of growth and development, courage is the best tool you have. Being able to stand tall in the midst of fear helps to build character. Following dreams takes courage; courage to keep going in the wake of any obstacles that come.
Courage also ensures that you have a variety of experiences. Whenever building a dream, your experience is at the forefront of what you have to offer. While relying on your experience will be instrumental; the experiences of others can and will also be very helpful. Use knowledge to experience and allow experience to be your guide to wisdom.
When Dream-building, experience will help you best give to those in need. I find giving to be a great source of inspiration. My mind is always the clearest once I have poured everything into someone else. Giving allows me to see and better understand the needs of others. It is through the process of giving to others that I succeed in teaching myself.
Giving is a duty of dedication to the greater and greatest good there is. Dedication is a trait related to discipline. They (dedication and discipline) are about pouring your body, mind, and soul into something... or someone. Your level of dedication will enforce your deepest feelings of desire. Why do something if you do not have the will or desire to follow through?
Your dream should be a reflection of your dedication to the Service of; God, Self, and/or Others. Service is the plan you create to fuel the purpose of your dreams. Your dreams must service someone or something. The idea of service is a founding principle for gratitude. Service and gratitude are Reciprocity at work. Reciprocity is to be applied and replenished.
Service is a dish best plated unconditionally. To dream unconditionally takes vulnerability, courage and dedication. It’s about using experiences to give others the best service you can offer. It’s about doing whatever it takes - to see your dreams through. You deserve unconditional support of, unconditional love for and unconditional pursuit towards your dreams.
It is time to step out of the shadows and into the limelight. Time to pursue my dreams unconditionally. I am no longer afraid of what others will say or think. I am open to the possibiliteas of growth and change. I am encouraged by my desires, even my fears. What a time to be me. I can’t wait to share all that I have in store. Happy July. 💜