I remember my mother giving me a letter that my father had written to me. I don't remember much about the letter, but I remember him ending with "Never be afraid to try."
I hold on to so many things, I'm sorry I lost that note written so many years ago, but grateful that I've never forgotten those words.
Or have I?
Recently I've been thinking a lot about my future. How I feel like I'm too smart to be working so hard for "the man" while getting so little in return. How I don't want to live the balance of my life alone, but would love to find a wonderful man and be married again. How I so wish I'd had children of my own. How I need to evaluable the relationships in my life. How I often do things that I don't really want to do. How I sometimes start things that I don't finish. How I don't work as hard as I should to make things happen in my life. How I don't always try.
And I wonder what my father would say about me.
Maybe he knew way back then that today would come and I'd need that nudge, that gentle reminder that fear is a dream killer and that I should never be afraid to try.
So, as this new week begins and I hear that gentle reminder in my ear and in my heart, I re-dedicate myself to trying with all I can to make my dreams come true. And those dreams that have passed me by, I'll replace with new ones.
What dream will you work toward this week?