I hope you're having a fabulous Memorial Day! Whether you BBQ'd with friends, relaxed with family or went to a parade, I hope you enjoyed the weekend and remembered those soldiers who gave their lives to protect their country.
The best way to memorialize people is to use their lives as inspiration. As I began thinking and reading about fallen soldiers today, what struck me was the unwavering passion that so many of them had for this nation. Many believed so purely in democracy that they were willing to risk their lives for it. I could not help, then, but think about what it is that is worth the risk for me. What do I believe in so passionately, so deeply that I would give my life? For me, it is the dream that every one of us loves ourselves, finds our voice and sings our song to the world!
What is that core motivator for you? What do you believe in so passionately that you would risk for it? What are your greatest dreams? Your most heartbreaking yearnings? This week, I heard Linda Siversten, “BookMama” brilliantly advise, “Trust the ache.” For those of you with unfulfilled dreams, you know that ache too well. As an aspiring (or hiding) artist, writer, poet, freedom fighter, teacher, peace keeper, language speaker, the thought of our dream literally aches us. We may fear our deepest yearnings and hope they go away, but they don't. We have these aches for a reason. Trust me, Brooke, we are given dreams because we are meant to fulfill them in some capacity. And we aren't given any that we can't realize. Years, ago, I ached when I thought of self-help authors and speakers. The ache only went away when I began pursuing the dream.
This week’s PurposeFULL Monday asks us to honor fallen soldiers by considering what it is that is worth the risk for you. What is your dream? Can you take one step toward it? I am right by your side taking it with you. I believe in you AND your dreams!