Tell someone your hopes for the coming year. Share your ideas, your dreams, and your vision for what you’d like to see happen before this time next year. Carve out time each day to review your plan. Each week accomplish something tangible towards your effort.
And then watch your dream come to life. If it’s music, share it with others. If it’s art do the same. Writers need to blog and gardeners need to grow. We may have different dreams, but we all share a vision to see them come true.
We have a whole year—starting tomorrow.
Sometimes dreams are about being healthy. Perhaps your dream is a better diet and more exercise. When you’re young it isn’t as much a concern perhaps. But your body keeps score and one day you may lose—and I don’t mean lose weight. The top diseases that shorten our lives are mostly preventable.
So maybe as the final weeks of this year wind down, you may want to take a walk and talk to yourself about your dream for a healthier you. Eat well, build an exercise program, and see how far you can go towards your healthy dream. Chances are you’ll soon have more energy and be feeling your best. And having your health and strength will be the perfect fuel for those amazing dreams you want to make a reality.
Sometimes the best dreams are those we give to someone else. Conward Farris has a lifetime of giving away dreams. As an educator and elementary principal, Conward dedicated his life to serving others. His passion was children and helping them discover the joy of reading. Throughout his career, Conward would spend hours after school helping struggling students. For those students, it made all the difference in their future. Having a strong foundation they went on to junior and senior high school and made their way into their careers.
Conward's personal dream was to have a reading clinic using his tried and true reading strategies. He knew the connection between reading and life long learning. He hasn't had a chance to open that clinic yet--but we are hoping he will write a book with his successful strategy. Sharing his insights is just one more way of giving his dream to others.
Thousands of students' lives intersected with Conward Farris. The stories vary, but each student knew an honorable, kind, thoughtful, and genuinely helpful man. He gave each one a chance for their own dream. Giving dreams to others is one of the most amazing gifts there could be. Don't you agree?
Alyse knows about sustainability. She’s studied cities and understands the complexities of balancing growth with respect for the environment. Educating others about why it’s important to evaluate the building choices isn’t easy—but it is important to us all.
For Alyse, her dream is to build smarter—and leave open spaces to share with neighbors. This invites a sense of community that harkens back to the days of closer neighbors and sharing not just a cup of sugar, but also life’s burdens and blessings. Check out Alyse’s blog for her latest ideas that truly are some of her heart’s dreams.