March 21, 2016
Living In the Space Between Reaching and Obsessing
We’ve all heard the platitudes – “A plan is just a dream with a timetable.” “Dreams only come true when we’re awake.” “It all starts with a dream.”
Another one keeps us grounded though: “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – as J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” character, Albus Dumbledore, reminds us.
If we remember that the dream is the beginning, the gift of our imagination, the reach toward the possibilities, we let life show us the way allowing the unknown to become the adventure and the fulfillment of the dream. When we get caught up in over-orchestrating the plan, the process, the trappings, we lose our way. These might be tools of measurement and progress, but it’s the “caught-up” part that we need to watch for.
It is in the space between reaching and obsessing that we truly live.
Living is maintaining a sense of humor, being soft when experiencing setbacks and mistakes, keeping the eraser handy and using it without self-recrimination. It’s in welcoming the “yeah, but…” part of life. Living allows for an openness, a receptivity within the structure of a plan, an ease around the edges as we bump into the dreams of others.
Humor, softness, erasers, openness, receptivity and ease: if we allow ourselves to live as we bring our dreams to fruition, these can be tools of measurement and progress too.