From Rev. Arlene

What does it take to realize a dream? Hard work, persistence, a belief in oneself? Support of others, having the courage to face your fears, putting yourself out there? All of these and even more.

The differences between people who succeed in realizing their dream and those who do not, are many, but I believe it comes down to willingness, determination, courage and vision to do what is uncomfortable in order to live a life that is fulfilling. It is not an easy road to travel. Along the way people will try to discourage us, tell us we should take the easy, expected way. Peer and family pressure try to convince us that is better to be safe than sorry.

The problem with this kind of thinking, is that it often comes from people who have played it safe their entire lives, and who will often have the most regrets at the end of their lives. The people who follow their dreams usually don’t regret doing it, whether they succeed or not. They know that at least they tried and it is in the pursuit of our dreams that we grow in ways that, without that stretch, would be impossible.

Are you someone who takes some risks to see what is possible, or do you take the known route in fear of what the unknown will bring. Following dreams is scary, but it is, also, the most rewarding thing we can do – whatever the outcome!

Quote of the Week

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life but I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.” Georgia O’Keefe

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