Dream Big

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Excerpted from I’ll Meet You at the Base of the Mountain by Donna Visocky

It is time for me to dream again. Somewhere along the way I learned to believe that life is limited, that we only are allowed so many wishes. Perhaps it was the Genie in the Bottle story where you only get three wishes. Maybe it was the parents who always said, “Money doesn’t grow on trees,” or the teacher who said, “You’re not cut out for that.” As a child, I remember dreaming and fantasizing what my life would be like; it seems like a million years ago. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I dreamed of all the things I wanted, things I wanted to do and see, things I wanted to have in my life. When did I learn to limit myself?

Have you ever noticed how often we start off with a big dream, a vision that is so clear in our mind, we know it is ours to have? Initially we work toward that dream, do whatever it takes to accomplish it, we are moving forward full speed ahead. And then we start listening to the voices in our head, the ones that say, “You’re not smart enough, you can’t afford that, you’ll never accomplish that.” And so we let our dream fall to the wayside, as we have so many times in the past.

We live in a limitless universe, and all that we want is available to us, as long as we believe that it can be ours. Why is it so hard for us to believe that health, abundance, and love belong to us all?

One of my favorite movies that I used to watch with our children and now watch with our grandchildren is The NeverEnding Story. The film is about a little boy, Bastian, with a vivid imagination who loves to read. He is often admonished to get his head out of the clouds. One day he is given a special book, a magnificent story about the quirky and beautiful Kingdom of Fantasia that is slowly being destroyed by The Nothing. As Bastian reads he gradually becomes part of the story.

Bastian is carried along in the story as The Nothing gobbles up the kingdom. He joins the young hero Atreyu as he tries to save the kingdom but alas, Atreyu succumbs to The Nothing as well. In one of the final scenes, there is nothing left of the kingdom but the young princess of Fantasia and a single grain of sand. The princess tells Bastian that he holds the key to bringing the kingdom back. All he has to do is make a wish.

“How many wishes do I get?” whispers Bastian.

“As many as you want,” replies the Princess.

I think of that line often as I struggle to become the creator of my own life. Often I feel a need to limit what I wish for, curb my focus to only one thing at a time, convinced that the Universe will grant me only one wish. I can still hear Bastian’s voice asking the question, “How many wishes do I get?” and especially the Princess’ reply, “As many as you want.”

Yes, it is time for me to dream again. I have a vision for BellaSpark: to make this wonderful information available to the world, to reach as many people as I can. I am determined to dream big and large, to make as many wishes as I like. My list will be long and bold and magnificent. I will write my wishes and affirmations down and repeat them everyday. I am, after all, like Bastion, the creator of my kingdom.

Excerpt from I’ll Meet You at the Base of the Mountain by Donna Visocky. Available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle and BellaSpark Productions.

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