I was reminded of this poster today, so I thought I’d share it with you.
It was given to me by my Godfather roughly about 20 years ago (eek that makes me sound old!). It has travelled with me ever since, and that is saying something because I travel pretty light! But I have been unable to part with this treasure.
For starters the person that gave it to me is so incredibly special to me. Without a doubt the biggest positive influence in my life growing up, after my own parents and the most encouraging person I know. That always helps!
Secondly – it adorned my bedroom wall for the best part of my later childhood. And I even kept it on the wall all through my teenage years, (although it was relegated to the back of my door for a little while). So it is familiar, and comforting. I have a deep fondness of it as a result.
But lastly – what a message it holds…
Short, sweet, but to the point!
Hands up who’s ever had their dream crushed by someone else’s negative thoughts on it?
I know I have.
Lots of times.
Rude isn’t it, when someone comes along and dream crushes!
I tend to find (among other things like fear) that once I’ve had my dream crushed, whatever the reason it happens, it stunts my ability to continue to dream.
Well to dream big enough anyway.
But this week, as I continue to see some of my dreams realised, and my own little boutique becoming a reality, (albeit a baby boutique reality) I’m reminded to keep believing.
Because last year at times things got really tough for me on a personal level. And I nearly gave up my business plenty of times as a result. But I’m so glad I didn’t! Because now I’m stronger than ever and the success of my business is starting to mirror that.
I’m certain I won’t have experienced my last ever setback. Setbacks are pretty inevitable.
But in the words of Jesus, in Mark 9:23 “What do you mean ‘if I can’? Jesus Asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes!” (New Living Translation).
So I need to keep believing, and change my mentality to see setbacks as what they truly are: just the ability to learn more and be stronger for it going forward.
This poster now adorns the door to my children’s bedroom.
I pray that they can grow up believing in their dreams too, and as their mother I don’t ever become their dream crusher.
Do you have a dream?
If not, maybe it’s time to start dreaming & believing again?
I pray that you go dream big 🙂