We talk a lot about dreams on this blog. This weekend we honor a man most notably remembered for his dream: Mr. Martin Luther King.
I sign my posts, “Living the Dream,” and I opened the doors to a special shop with the same initials: LTD 7, my dream store. I didn’t always know this would be where and how my dream would come true. If you would have asked me ten years ago what my dream was, it would have had the same theme, but it probably wouldn’t have been specifically what it has turned into today. Dreams have a funny way of changing right before our eyes.
Used to be, I hit a whole bunch of walls on the way to my dream. Doors closed sometimes and I didn’t see the window that was opening, often for a very long time. I run by the seat of my pants and I am known to be quite sentimental and always up for a cause. There were many times in my life that my “dream” just wasn’t practical or even plausible. But that never kept me from having the dream and holding hope close.
I am here today to tell you that dreams do come true.
I was dismayed to read a headline just the other day. The article was titled: An Earthquake in Retail.” Well, that caught my eye…both of them, in fact. No one wants to think of an “earthquake” and then “retail” in the same sentence—especially me.
The article listed well-known stores that are coming to the end of their reign as top retail markets. Likely you have shopped in them, many times. While most of the stores that are being shuttered are in Canada, the trickledown theory cannot be far behind. Stores like Sears and JC Penny and Macys are ones we all think of as institutions in the retail world and they have taught me a lot.
These were iconic stores with founders who once had a dream. The original owners are perhaps deceased or have gone on to other things, but when you have a dream, it really never leaves you. So I paused for a moment to wish the successors well as they move on to other dreams.
What is it that gets you out of bed of a morning? What is your passion? What do you, personally, hope to have happen, if all your dreams came true? And I am not talking about having the bathroom to yourself, or time for one cup of coffee before running out the door in the morning. I am talking about the dream you have in your heart…you know the one—the one that really never leaves you.
Is your dream in a faraway place? Is it something you put down on paper? Is it warm there? What are you doing when you see yourself in your dream setting? How do you look? What are you wearing? What color is the sky? What jewelry do you have on? Is someone nearby?
If you can see it, you can believe it.
Thanks to Martin Luther King for having a dream. Thanks to all of you for allowing me to live mine.
Dream until your dreams come true.
Living the Dream,